Tral gunfight over,death toll five, searches on


Three militants, army man and a policeman were killed in an encounter at Tral forest area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

Official sources said that the joint team of forces along with the additional reinforcement intercepted the militant group at the upper side of the Goiytengo forests who earlier fled after a brief exchange of gunfire.

In the exchange of firing two army men and one SOG personal identified as Latif Gojri also sustained serious bullet wounds. The critically injured Latif later succumbed.

Three militants have been killed in the operation at Goiytengo forests in Laam area, a top police officer said.

He said that all the bodies of the militants have been recovered along with as many AK-rifles.

“Apparently it looks like the slain militants are foreigners and belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit,” the officer said, adding that the search operation in the area is still going on.

Earlier, an army man Ajay Kumar of 42 RR who was injured in the initial exchange of gunfire succumbed to injuries at 92 base hospital here in Srinagar.

The gunfight broke out in the area after the joint team of army’s 42 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search. (GNS)

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