At least two militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, ANI reported. A civilian, who was injured in the gunfight, was taken to a hospital in Srinagar for treatment and is now stable, the police said in a statement.
The militants were affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen and were identified as Adfar Fayaz Parray from Gulshanpora and Irfan Ahmad Rather from Shariefabad, said the police. “They were involved in conspiring and executing several terrorist attacks and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” said the police. “Several terror crime cases were registered against them for their terrorist activities.”
Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was also recovered from the site. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror cases,” said the statement.
Security forces and the police on Monday evening jointly launched a cordon and search operation in Reshipora area of Awantipora after receiving inputs about the presence of militants.
The operation was suspended after it turned dark. “As the operation continued on Tuesday morning, the militants fired at the security forces, triggering the gunfight,” a police officer told The Tribune. Officials have suspended mobile internet services in the area.
The police have registered a case and started an investigation.
Pulwama district has been on high alert since February 14, when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber killed 40 soldiers after ramming an explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy.