April 2007 News

3 Militants Killed In Kashmir

22 April 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Two militants were killed in Zainpora area of Pulwama district while's a suspected foreign militant was killed and an Army jawan critically injured in separate encounter at Rangwar Forest in Kupwara district of Kashmir today. According to ASP Pulwama, Police raided a house on a specific information that the militants were hiding in it. The house belonged to Abdul Ahad Reshi of Banmohalla- Reshpora at Zainpora in Pulwama district. During the cordon and search operation, Police found the militants trapped inside, who opened fire. The fire was returned in which both the militants, yet to be identified, were killed, the ASP said. Later, 62 Rashtriya Rifles joined Police in the operation, the ASP said, adding that the encounter was still going on, as one more militant is believed to be hiding inside the house. There was no civilian casualty or any collateral damage so far, the ASP further said. Meanwhile, an encounter broke out at the forest area of Kupwara when a joint search party of Army and Police launched an operation to track down hiding militants, Kupwara Senior Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar said. He said an Army jawan was injured in the firing and was shifted to hospital. A militant jumped into a stream in a bid to flee the security dragnet but was killed due to the fall from a height, Kumar said adding, his body was fished out from nearby Chowkibal area. Kumar said a hunt was on to nab the other associates of the deceased militant. Meanwhile, troops seized a huge haul of arms and ammunition from a militant hide-out in a forest area of Kupwara, a military spokesperson said today. He said troops of 30 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), on specific information, launched a search operation in Shahnagri forests in Langate area of the border district last evening. During the search, the RR personnel seized war-like stores from an underground dump in the forest area, the spokesperson added. He said, two AK rifles, four magazines, 120 rounds of ammunition, 10 hand grenades, 31 Under-Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGLs) and 35 electronic detonators were seized from the hide-out. With the onset of summer, ultras who recently infiltrated were likely to use these hidden weapons, the spokesman said adding, the recovery of the cache has caused a setback to the militant outfits. Police today claimed to have seized a live hand grenade from the debris of a house destroyed in an encounter in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Police said they seized a live grenade during the search of the debris of the house at Ratnipora village in Pulwama district. Two militants were killed in the gun-battle at the village. Later, a bomb disposal squad defused the grenade.


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