Encounter in Kashmir’s Bandipora; Army Jawan, two terrorists killed

Srinagar: Two terrorists and an Army jawan were killed on Friday in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in north Kashmir`s Bandipora district.

The police said troops of the 13 Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group (SOG) surrounded Manzpora village at night following information about the militants` presence.

“With the break of dawn, the flushing out operation was started when the hiding militants opened indiscriminate fire causing critical injuries to a soldier, who later succumbed,” a senior police officer said.

Two terrorists were also killed in the operation, he said.

Firing exchanges have stopped in the area, but a combing operation is on.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained.

Meanwhile, another encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district.

A search operation was launched in Tujjar village of Sopore after specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area, the official said.

He said as the forces were conducting the search operation, the militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.

Further details of the operation are awaited, the official said.

On Tuesday, two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Hajin village of Bandipora. Another terrorist was killed by security forces in Kakapora area of Pulwama district on Saturday.