7 militants killed in 2 Valley encounters16 September 2010
The Daily Excelsior
SRINAGAR: Army today killed seven militants in two separate gun battles in Pulwama and Bandipora districts of Kashmir valley, taking total number of militants killed in the Valley during the month of September to 30. Five militants were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in Tral area of Pulwama district in South Kashmir, Defence Spokesman Lt Colonel J S Brar told reporters here. Security forces launched a massive search operation in Dudkalan forests in Tral area of Pulwama district of the Valley in the wee hours today following receipt of specific information about presence of five Hizbul Mujhaideen militants in the area. As soon as the security forces came in contact with the militants, they asked the ultras to surrender. However, the militants refused the offer and instead opened indiscriminate firing on the security forces. Security forces retaliated by returning the firing, triggering off a fierce exchange of gun fire for several hours, official sources said, adding the encounter ended with the killing of all five militants. Identity of the deceased militants could not be ascertained immediately as the search operation in the area was still going on when last reports came in. However intelligence reports suggested that three of the slain militants were foreigners while two other were local militants. Security forces have so far recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition and some incriminating document from the site of encounter. Meanwhile, two more militants were shot near the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district in North Kashmir, sources said. The militants were killed in the operation that has been going on since September 5 . So far, 13 militants and two Army jawans have been killed in the operation. About the Gurez encounter, the Defence spokesman said two more militants were killed in the ongoing operation this morning, raising the number of slain ultras to 13. The operation began on September 6 when the troops guarding the LoC intercepted a large group of militants attempting to sneak from across the border. While four militants were gunned down on the first day of the operation, seven more militants were eliminated two days later. Although initially Army denied that it had suffered any casualty in the operation, sources today admitted that two jawans laid down their lives on first day of the gunbattle. Sources said a large quantity of war like stores including eight AK rifles, hand grenades, radio sets, sophisticated satellite communication equipment, maps and coding algorithms have been recovered from the possession of the militants killed today. Army has shot dead 30 militants in Kashmir valley since the beginning of this month. 'This includes 15 terrorists killed on the Line of Control and 15 in the hinterland,' sources said. These operations have been conducted in a professional and surgical manner where in no collateral damage has occurred. This has been another blow to the terrorist design in the Valley, they added.