Two militants and two soldiers were reported killed in an overnight gun-battle in a south Kashmir village, pooice sources said. The gun battle resumed after the police started scanning the debris.
Reports said that the gunfight broke out between government forces and suspected militants after the Nagbal village, falling under police station Frisal, was taken into cardon during wee hours in Kulgam. The operation was carried out by a joint forces comprising Army’s 1st RR and Special Operations group of J&K Police. The fire exchange started within minutes, at around 4:30 am in the morning.
Gun battles continued for more than an hour.
Residents said locals protested as well but the police kept them away from the spot of the clash.
The house in which militants were hiding has gone up in smoke. It belonged to a resident Abdul Majid whose family had evacuated to safety. It was the debris of this house that was being cleared when the gun shots were heard again suggesting that the number of militants was more tan two and some of them are still alive.
Police confirmed that two militants were killed along with two soldiers. They are looking for the bodies of two militants. Police said some are injured too but it needs confirmation.
After the encounter was over, people clashed with the forces near encounter site. Police is using teargas to quell the protests, locals said.,
Police confirmed two slain militants as Mudasir Ahmad Tantray, a resident of Redwani and Farooq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Arow in Kulgam.
The slain soldiers in the encounter were identified by police as Lance Naik Raghubeer Singh (4578033Y) and Bhandoriya Gopal Singh (45687392W), also a Lance Naik. Major P K Nigam and rifle man Shiraz Ahmaws survived with injuries from the encounter.