Friday, October 22, 2010

Kashmir Gun Battle 21 October, 2010

SRINAGAR 21,OCT 2010: Two militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) outfit were on Thursday killed in a day-long gun battle with security forces in Malroo locality on the outskirts of Srinagar city.

The militants were killed after the security forces blasted two houses, where the two and their accomplice were believed to be hiding since last night. Two bodies have been recovered, police said.

Security forces had information about the presence of three hardcore JeM militants in a house belonging to a property dealer in the locality, 15km from Srinagar. As the gun battle broke out between the two sides, one of the militants jumped out of the house of the property dealer and taken shelter in the neighbouring house, police said.

Two policemen and a young girl were injured by stray bullets at nearby Goripora and Shalteng localities while another girl fell from the first floor of her house and suffered head injury. SP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari told reporters that the encounter has ended but the search operation for the third militant was going on. He said the militants were coming towards Srinagar city from Bandipora district and they were being tailed by the security forces since Wednesday.

Several explosions were heard as security forces launched an assault to flush out the militants. The two sides exchanged heavy volume of firing soon after security forces evacuated civilians including large number of women and children to safety from the houses in the vicinity of the building where the militants had taken shelter.

This was the first encounter in Srinagar city since January six suicide attack at Lal Chowk. The north Kashmir belt, comprising Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla districts, have witnessed surge in militant activity during the current year as a large number of infiltration bids have taken place near Line of Control in these districts. More than 100 militants have been killed in these districts since January this year.