Five Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday morning. At least 20 civilians were injured in clashes that followed between security personnel and stone-throwing youth near the encounter site.
A J&K Police spokesperson said a cordon and search operation was launched by a joint security team in Kellam area of Devsar in Kulgam early Sunday following inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the terrorists. The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight. In the ensuing encounter, 5 terrorists were killed and the bodies were retrieved,” said the police spokesperson.
Separately, a CRPF spokesperson said four personnel were injured in the stone-pelting.
SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh said the militants were hiding in a house in the village and when the area was cordoned, they were asked to surrender, but they refused. He said the operation lasted for more than six hours.
Eleven people, including seven security personnel, were injured in a grenade attack in Srinagar’s Lal chowk Sunday evening. Police said the condition of all the injured was stable. The police said a grenade was lobbed near Paladium Cinema around 6.45 pm. Four policemen, three CRPF men and four civilians were injured. Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibility for the attack.