J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

8 militants, 2 soldiers killed

Srinagar, September 17
Eight militants, three of them belonging to the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and two soldiers were among 12 persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours.

A police spokesman said today that three Jaish ultras were killed in an encounter at the Aderwal forests, near Repedy Behak, in the Shopian area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last evening.

The encounter took place after a joint search party of the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Army’s 3 Para was attacked by militants with automatic weapons and grenades, he added.

Two of the slain militants have been identified as Zahoor Ahmad Mir and Riyaz Ahmad Peer. However, the identity of the third militant was yet to be established. He was believed to be a foreigner.

The spokesman said three AK rifles and as many magazines were seized from the slain ultras.


In another encounter at Wahipora in the same district, security forces killed two militants, identified as Firdous Ahmad, alias Muna, alias Murtaza, and Shabir Ahmad Bhat, alias Umar, he said.

The spokesman said two AK-47 rifles, one UBGL and four magazines were seized from the encounter site.

He said two militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces and the police at Mir Mohalla, Chhalpora/Gori Akhad, Rajwar in the Handwara area of frontier Kupwara district yesterday.

One of the slain militants was identified as Abu Wafa, a foreigner. A security personnel sustained wounds while the house of Mushtaq Ahmed Mir was also damaged in the gunfight, he added.

The spokesman said two AK rifles, as many magazines and 19 rounds were seized from the slain ultras.

The SP, Kupwara, said two soldiers were killed and one wounded when troops of Army Service Corps (ASC) opened fire on each other following an altercation over some matter in Karnah tehsil of frontier Kupwara district today.

Giving details, he said ASC troops clashed with each other over some matter in the border area of Karnah.

The altercation soon led the troops to open fire on each other, resulting in the death of two soldiers and injury to another, he added.

The SP said Karnah police station had registered a case and started investigations. He said the Army was also likely to conduct its own inquiry into the incident.

He said security forces killed a militant in an encounter at Gantamulla, Uri, in border district of Baramulla on the intervening night of September 16-17.

A pistol, magazine, 10 rounds, two hand grenades, one leaf of the Hizb-e-Islami outfit letter pad and some Indian and Pakistani currency were seized from him, the spokesman added. — UNI


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