At least four suspected militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday morning. Police said one of the militants is believed to be from Pakistan.
The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hanjan village on Saturday based on specific information about militants there, PTI reported. The search operation turned into a gunfight after the militants opened fire, the official added.
According to the police, all four of them were affiliated with the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit and were wanted for their involvement in a series of terror crimes including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities. They recovered several arms and ammunition from the site.
Meanwhile, at least 11 people were injured in clashes that erupted between local residents and security forces near the encounter site. “Ten were hit by pellets and they were being treated at the facility while one with head injury, most probably caused by a stone, was referred to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for further treatment,” a health official told The Greater Kashmir.
The youths reportedly pelted stones at the security forces soon after hearing about the gunfight with militants. The forces retaliated with tear gas and pellets.
Internet services have been suspended in the area as a precautionary gesture, according to The Hindu.