Militant associate killed in Kulgam encounter, others escape: Police

Militant associate killed in Kulgam encounter, others escape: Police


Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Apr 27: A militant associate was killed and an Army officer was injured in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, while others managed to escape, a police spokesperson said here on Monday.

Giving details about the encounter, the spokesperson said in view of inputs regarding militants planning to abduct and murder police personnel, exhaustive domination was being carried out by joint forces of Kulgam Police, RR and CRPF from the last few days.

‘On Sunday at around 2000 hrs, one such patrolling party of joint forces was attacked by militants numbering four to six in between villages Chehlan and Asthal at Lower Munda in Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir,’ he said.

He said the security forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter. ‘An Army officer received fire arm injuries in the initial exchange of fire,’ he said, adding that two to four militants were also wounded during the encounter.

The exchange of firing stopped at around 2200 hrs, he said, adding that due to expansive area of search, undulating terrain and total darkness, it was decided to carry out search of the area after first light. ‘When search started in the morning, the body of an unknown militant associate along with a pistol and a grenade was recovered. Besides, six SIM cards were also recovered from his pocket,’ he said.

He further said, “A trail of blood was found outside the search area, which proved that apart from the killing of the militant associate, one or more militants were injured. The search for injured militants is continuing.”