5 militants killed in Kulgam gun battle

Security forces alert after grenade attack at Palladium cinema lane in Lal Chowk, Srinagar on Sunday. —Excelsior/Shakeel
Security forces alert after grenade attack at Palladium cinema lane in Lal Chowk, Srinagar on Sunday. —Excelsior/Shakeel

11 injured in Srinagar grenade attack
Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Feb 10: In a major success to the security forces, five militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a fierce gun battle in Kulgam district of South Kashmir today while 11 persons including 7 cops were injured when militants hurled a grenade at security forces in Srinagar this evening.
Security forces including Army, Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) this morning cordoned off Kellam village in Devsar area of Kulgam district in South Kashmir after specific inputs about presence of militants in the village. Sources said that these militants had arrived in the village in a car yesterday afternoon and were staying in a house.
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SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh said that the security forces had specific input about the presence of a militant group in the village and when cordon was established in the morning they were asked to surrender. He said that they denied to surrender and instead opened fire on the troops leading to a gun battle which lasted for eight hours.
Five militants were killed in the gun battle and the house where they were hiding was damaged. The slain militants have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Rather son of Bashir Ahmad Rather resident of Ashmuji Kulgam, Aqib Nazir Mir son of Nazir Ahmad resident of Zangulpora Devsar, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Mukdam Mohalla Qoimoh, Idrees Ahmad Bhat son of Ramzan Bhat resident of Arwani and Zahid Ahmad Parray son of Abdul Hamid resident of Gopalpora DH Pora.
These militants belonged to HM and LeT outfits. They were wanted by the security forces for various militant activities including attacks on security establishments and civilians.
Police said that Waseem, Aqib and Parvaiz were involved in the killings of a civilian Mohammad Iqbal Kawaq resident of Kellam and local Army personnel Mukhtar Ahmad son of Ghulam Hassan Malik resident of Shurat, for which cases stand registered in concerned Police Stations.
This group was also involved in various grenade attack incidents across Anantnag and Kulgam districts for which cases stand registered in concerned Police Stations.
Police said that incriminating material such as arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation”, police added.
The bodies of the killed militants were handed over to their families after completion of medico-legal formalities.
At least 10 people were injured as security forces fired pellets on protesters after clashes broke near a gunfight site in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district today.
About dozen persons were injured during the clashes with 10 among them hit by pellets as protesters targeted the security forces with snow balls to disrupt the operation.
Eleven persons including 7 police personnel men were injured in a grenade attack on police in Srinagar City Centre this evening.
Four policemen, three Central Reserve Police Force personnel including an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) and four civilians were injured after militants hurled a grenade at the CRPF camp at Palladium Cinema in Lal Chowk this evening.
The grenade was hurled at around 6.40 p.m. at 132 battalion of CRPF stationed at Palladium Cinema in Lal Chowk.
Eleven persons including four police men, three CRPF men and three civilians were injured in the attack. The injured policemen were identified as Ashiq Ahmed, Abid Ahmed , Muhammad Shafi and Nasir Ahmed while as CRPF men were identified as ASI R Munaswami, constable Vishal and constable Davinder of 132 Battallion.
The injured civilians include Humaira wife of Sajad Ahmed Baba of Harwan, Abdul Qayoom of Mandibal Nowshera, Shadab Shah, 20, son of Aftab Ahmad Shah of Nishat and Taliba Gulsan wife of Iftikhar Ahmed of Dalgate, Srinagar.
All the injured were shifted to hospital and their condition is stated to be stable.
The area was cordoned off and massive searches were launched but militants had escaped.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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