KL News Network
Three forces personnel have died and 15 others have been injured in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district. A militant was also killed in the gunfight, sources said.
The injured forces personnel have been airlifted to an army hospital in Srinagar; the condition of some soldiers is said to be critical.
The police and the army had launched a joint search operation early morning following a tip-off about the presence of militants in a residential house. The hiding militants fired upon them which triggered an encounter. In the initial shootout, five army soldiers and four policemen were injured.
As per reports after resorting to heavy firing, the militants tried to break the cordon. But they were trapped and one of them was killed.
Meanwhile, a civilian was also injured after protests erupted near the encounter site. He has been identified as Hilal Ahmad Parrey, son of Mustafa Parrey. He has received a bullet in his thigh.