48 Hrs On, Encounter Continues In J&K

27 September 2008
Times of India

New Delhi: : It has been almost 48 hours and the encounter is still on in the valley in Jammu and Kashmir after seven militants and an Army jawan we re killed and twelve others including eight civilians got injured in three separate encounters.Among the seven militants, six of them were foreigners who got killed in J&K on Saturday, police said. Based on specific information that a group of militants were moving in high altitude region between Bandipora and Kangan, army launched search and destroy operation yesterday, a police spokesman said. He said four foreign militants, whose identity and group affiliation was being ascertained, have been shot dead so far while an Army jawan was also killed in the gunbattle in the area where search operations were going on. In another encounter, security forces shot dead two militants including a Pakistani national in Kenigam village of Rajpora area in Pulwama district, the spokesman said. He said the slain militants have been identified as Pakistan national Adnan and Showkat Ahmad - a local militant - belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit. Two AK rifles, one pistol, two hand grenades and two wireless sets were recovered from the site of the encounter, the spokesman said adding during searches, an explosive device went off, causing injuries to eight persons standing nearby. Four security force personnel were injured in the gunbattle. A Pakistani militant of Lashkar-e-Taiba was shot dead by security forces at Phalmarg forests in Vilgam area Kupwara district, he said. One AK rifle, three magazines and 38 rounds were recovered from the possession of the slain militant, he added. On August 27, 2008, a similar encounter took place, which raged on for more than 19 hours, in which four children and one militant was killed. The militants were holed up in a house in Jammu's Chinore area holding six civilians hostages.