Pulwama Encounter: A ‘fierce’ gun battle still going on; three militants trapped

Sheikh Hilal

SRINAGAR

A fierce gun battle that started Monday evening at about 10 PM between suspected militants and government forces in Hanjan Rajpora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is still going on.

According to reports, forces including Army, SoG and CRPF, have engaged three militants in Hanjan area of the district. The security forces had cordoned off the area at 8 PM Monday and started search for the militants and about 10 PM, militants fired on the search party from inside the house of one Wali Mohammad Nengroo.

The exchange of gunfire continued throughout the night and was going on Tuesday morning when the last reports came in.

A top Jaish e Mohammad commander is believed to be trapped along with his companions inside the house.

“We have input of presence of three local militants inside the house, the operation is on and fire is still coming from inside,” Bregadier Pramod, CO 44 RR,  told Kashmir Life.

The trio has been identified as Altaf Rather commander of Jaish e Mohammad outfit, Showket and Farooq, residents of Aglar and Delwan villiages of Pulwama respectively.

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