SRINAGAR: Operation called off after 2 militants give forces a slip; Clashes near gun-battle site; Internet service snapped across Pulwama
A militant and two army soldiers were killed in a gunfight in Samboora village of Pulwama district on Thursday, even as two other militants are believed to have escaped from the encounter site.
A senior police official said that following a “specific input” about presence of militants in Samboora, a joint team of army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and J&K police cordoned off the area and started searches. The militants, hiding in a residential house, resorted to “indiscriminate” firing on the forces which was retaliated to, triggering a gunfight in which a militant and a soldier were killed initially, the official said.
Another soldier was killed at a later stage of the fierce gun-battle, he said.
The identity of the slain soldiers and the militant couldn’t be immediately ascertained.
A source said that the operation was called off late on Thursday night after two militants were believed to have escaped from the gun-battle site, apparently taking advantage of darkness and civilian protests around.
As the word about the gunfight spread, people from adjoining areas including Kakapora, Galander and Pampore marched towards the encounter site and clashed with the government forces, a witness said.
“The protesters tried to break the cordon to help the militants flee, but forces fired teargas shells to disperse them,” the witness added.
Locals said that sounds of big blasts were heard in the area till late Thursday night.
A group of locals said some people, including photojournalists, sustained injuries in the clashes. They said internet services were snapped across Pulwama following the gunfight. __GK News