Kashmir Pulwama Terror Attack: Four soldiers, including a Major, and two militants were killed after an encounter broke out in Pinglena area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The encounter is underway.
A cordon and search operation was launched jointly by J&K Police and security forces after receiving credible inputs about the presence of militants. The militants from inside the target house fired indiscriminately at the security forces as the search operation was going on.
In the initial exchange of fire, four Army soldiers and one civilian sustained critical gunshot injuries who were later rushed to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. Four of the soldiers and the civilian, however, succumbed to injuries. The four Army men have been identified as Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, Hawaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Hari Singh and Sepoy Ajay Kumar.
The attack from the militants was retaliated by the security forces leading to an encounter in which two militants were killed and their bodies have been retrieved from the encounter site. According to the police, the identity of the slain militants is being ascertained.
The encounter comes just days after a suicide bomber rammed an SUV laden with explosives into a bus, killing 40 CRPF jawans and injuring several others.
Four soldiers and a civilian were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district. Here are the highlights
Need to stop obsession with Pak, set our own house in order: Mehbooba
Former J&K Chief Minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Monday expressed condolences to the families of soldiers killed in the Pulwama encounter, saying the bloodshed will only stop when the Centre overhauls its approach to Jammu and Kashmir. "Deepest condolences to the families. This bloodshed will only stop when GoI (Government of India) overhauls its approach (rather lack of it) towards J&K," the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said in a tweet. She expressed the need to "stop the obsession with Pakistan" and "set our own house in order".
Deepest condolences to the families. This bloodshed will only stop when GoI overhauls its approach(rather lack of it) towards J&K. Lets drop the obsession with Pakistan and get our own house in order. The current attitude will only worsen the situation & polarise the nation. https://t.co/CC5wRh5boj— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 18, 2019
Brigadier injured in Pulwama encounter
A Brigadier is the latest to be injured in the encounter that is presently going on in the Pinglena area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. DIG South Kashmir Amit Kumar has also been injured in the gunfight after being hit by a bullet in the leg. In the initial exchange of fire, four Army soldiers and one civilian sustained critical gunshot injuries who were later rushed to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar. They later succumbed to the injuries.
(Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)
Pulwama encounter: DIG South Kashmir injured in gunfight
The Pulwama encounter is still going on. DIG South Kashmir Amit Kumar has been injured in the gunfight after being hit by a bullet in the leg. In the morning, four soldiers, including a Major, and two militants were killed during the encounter in Pinglena area. Police sources say two more terrorists are holed up.
Cross-LoC bus service suspended in J&K's Poonch
The weekly Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service was suspended on Monday in view of the prevailing law and order situation in Jammu following the recent terror attack on a convoy in south Kashmir in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. "The cross-LoC (Line of Control) bus service was suspended in view of the prevailing law and order situation," Poonch District Development Commissioner Rahul Yadav said.
Dithering to take action against terrorists akin to encouraging terrorism: PM Modi
After talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Pulwama attack has shown the time to talk about tackling terror is over and the world is now required to unitedly take concrete action against terrorism and those behind its spread. He further said that dithering to take action against terrorists and their supporters was akin to encouraging terrorism.
Curfew relaxed in south Jammu for three hours
The district administration on Monday announced a three-hour curfew relaxation from 2 pm to 5 pm in south Jammu city. "Except for one or two places, curfew will be relaxed in all areas of South Jammu for three hours on Monday," said Jammu Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar. In other areas, a decision to relax curfew will be taken after reviewing the situation, he added. Curfew was imposed in Jammu city and its outskirts on Friday following violence and arson during a bandh called in protest against the killing of 40 CRPF personnel in a militant attack in Kashmir.
Army is constantly briefing Defence Minister, senior govt functionaries on developments in Kashmir
Army Sources: Army is constantly briefing Defence Minister & other senior govt functionaries on the developments in Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists have moved from their hideouts to locations near populated areas fearing retaliation from security forces.— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
Pulwama encounter: Army Major among 4 soldiers killed has been identified as VS Dondhial
WATCH: J&K Police appeals to locals to leave encounter site (Deferred visuals)
#WATCH Police in #Pulwama appeals to locals to leave the site of Pulwama encounter. Four 55 Rashtriya Rifles personnel have lost their lives & one injured and two terrorists neutralised in the ongoing operation. (Visuals deferred by unspecified time) #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/q2X13OitXX— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
Jammu and Kashmir: Security forces launch cordon and search operation in Shopian
Jammu & Kashmir: A cordon and search operation by the security forces have started in village Krawora in Shopian— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
Pulwama encounter: Former J-K DGP tweets, no official confirmation yet
Pulwama encounter: Deferred visuals from the site
Visuals: The 4 Army personnel including a Major, who were killed in action during encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district, belonged to 55 Rashtriya Rifles. #JammuAndKashmir (Visuals deferred by unspecified time) pic.twitter.com/Wa2sxz3bzT— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
Pulwama encounter: Four Army personnel have been identified
4 Indian Army personnel of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, who lost their lives in encounter with terrorists in Pulwama district, J&K today, have been identified as Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Sepoy Hari Singh; Deferred visual from the encounter site pic.twitter.com/3ngvCmG7LR— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019