J&K: 4 terrorists, 3 security personnel killed in Kulgam encounter


An Army Major and three of his men were injured in the clash.

The gunfight led to three jawans getting seriously injured, who were later airlifted to Army's 92 base hospital in Srinagar and their condition was stated to be stable. "In retaliatory action, four militants hiding in a concrete house were killed", a source said. Two policemen had been injured in the exchange of fire, which started after security forces were tipped off about the presence of terrorists. They said it is unfortunate world community paying no heed towards our suppressed voice and sacrifices rendered by your budding youth. DIG South Kashmir S P Pani said that seven people, including four militants, two soldiers were killed in the operation. Three terrorists managed to escape. "With terrorists not willing to release him, we had no other go but to enter the house. Further two more security forces personnel received grievous injuries", the statement said. The authorities strongly refuted the charge. The body of the fourth slain terrorist is yet to be identified, the Police informed.

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Militants that were hiding in the village purportedly fired shots at the security forces, following which, the army gunned down four militants of the outfit. Farooq had joined militants after Burhan Wani's killing, sources said. However, the Hizb's "Operational" spokesman Burhanuddin told a local news agency on phone that all the four militants belonged to the outfit. Protestors raised slogans against security forces.

The trend of people thronging the encounter sites started in February previous year when more than dozen army soldiers, including an officer, were injured when a mob of around thousand people threw stones at them in Ashmuqam village in Anantnag district, 69 kilometres south of Srinagar. He said they had outstanding criminal charges, including murder and stealing arms from security forces.

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Vaid, however, claimed that lesser number of people were thronging encounter sites now, than earlier.

Another civilian identified as 22-year-old Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo, son of Mohammad Ibrahim Itoo, resident of Hatigam village of Srigufwara Bijbehara was hit by bullets during protests and he succumbed at a local hospital.

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