Srinagar, Dec 9: Three local Al-badr militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, while a civilian was also injured during the shootout.
This was the first encounter after District Development Council (DDC) elections process started in the Kashmir on November 28.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range Vijay Kumar said that troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint CASO at village Tiken, in Pulwama following a tip off about the presence of militants this morning. However, when the security forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there opened indiscriminate fire with automatic weapons, he said adding the fire was returned ensuing in an encounter.
He said militants were repeated asked to surrender who continued firing on security forces. A civilian Sadiq Lone received a bullet injury in his foot when he was coming out from the house from where the militants were firing. The injured was hospitalized, he said.
Kumar said three Al-badr militants were killed in the encounter.
Meanwhile, official sources said mobile internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Pulwama was suspended as a precautionary measure.