An Army jawan and two militants were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday. The incident took place during a joint operation launched by the Indian Amy and the state police. Investigators found two weapons and a grenade launcher from the militants, reported Hindustan Times.
Separately, two policemen were killed and one more was injured after an encounter with militants in the Kulgam district of the state. The incidents come only three days after three Indian Army soldiers were during encounter in Machhal area. The Army had launched an assault along the Line of Control following the incident.
On Thursday, militants attacked a police station in Kupwara district, PTI reported. A police office said a group of militants opened fire at the police station. They also hurled a grenade into the premises.
“Militants attacked the Kralgund police station in Handwara tehsil of Kupwara late Thursday evening,” a senior police officer told IANS. He said the attackers fled after police personnel started firing in retaliation. There has been no loss of life. Investigators have launched a search operation for the perpetrators.
The region has been marred with militant attacks and civilian protests since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani on July 8. More than 90 people have been killed in unrest in the past five months, and hundreds have sustained grievous injuries during protests. The Valley has been left paralysed by frequent shutdown calls by separatist groups.
The unrest in the state has also contributed to the worsening ties between India and Pakistan, with Islamabad criticising the Centre’s management of the clashes in Kashmir and calling for a plebiscite in the region several times. Relations between both countries soured further after a militant attack on an Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri sector and the Indian Army’s “surgical strikes” on terror camps along the Line of Control with Pakistan.