Two militants, including a JeM commander who was an IED expert, were killed in a pre-dawn gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday, said the police. The police have termed the killings as a big success.
The gunfight erupted early in the morning when a joint team of J-K Police, army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Qasbayar village of Rajpora in Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants there, said the police.
As the forces were zeroing in on the target, the hiding militants opened fire, said the police. The forces returned fire leading to a gunfight. The gunfight ended when both the trapped militants were killed, added the police.
The police have identified the slain militants as Yasir Parray and Furqan. Furqan was a Pakistani and Parray was an IED expert and a militant commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad, said the police.
“Terrorist commander of proscribed terror outfit JeM Yasir Parray, an IED Expert and foreign terrorist Furqan neutralised,” the police said in a tweet while quoting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar. “Both were involved in several terror crime cases. A big success”.
The gunfight in South Kashmir, a militant stronghold, comes at the back of two controversial gunfights in Srinagar. While at least two civilians were killed in a gunfight in Hyderpora on November 14, three militants were killed in a gunfight last Wednesday at Rambagh Srinagar.
The bodies of the civilians had to be exhumed and returned to their respective families.
In Rambagh Srinagar, the locals alleged the militants were dragged out of a car and shot on the street.