At least four militants were killed and a para commando was injured in two encounters in Budgam and Baramulla districts of Kashmir.
Local residents said six civilians were injured at the first site of encounter in Fultipora village of Budgam district. Clashes started between local people, who had moved close to the encounter site, and the forces who used tear gas, pellets and bullets to disperse the crowd.
The first operation was launched jointly by the Army, CRPF and the Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday morning on getting information on the presence of a big militants’ group in a house in the village of Fultipora.
As the search began, the militants opened fire on the forces, the officials said.
While the encounter was on, Internet service was cut in Budgam district, which is in central Kashmir.
After four hours of gunfight, the bodies of three militants were found, according to police sources. The sources said one of the three dead militants was a local, while investigation was on to identify the other two.
However, defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: “Four militants were killed at Fultipora, Budgam, while one militant was killed at Sagipora Sopore encounter that is still in progress.’’
According to police sources in Budgam, the body of one militant could be under the debris of the house that was damaged during the encounter.
Local people said two of the injured civilians were moved to Srinagar. According to a PTI report, police sources said two civilian youths were hurt while they were trying to disrupt the anti-militancy operation.
In the other encounter, in the forests of Sagipora in Sopore town, security sources said they received information about militant presence in the forests. In this operation in Baramulla, para commandos were deployed. One militant was killed and a para commando suffered injuries.