Three militants, one cop killed in Poonch twin encounters

JAMMU: Three militants and a policeman were today killed and six others, including an police officer, were injured in twin encounters between security forces and four terrorists in Poonch town.

The encounters between security forces and the militants, who were holed up in a house and another structure near the under-construction Mini Secretariat, erupted at around 7.30 AM and continued through the day.

“Three militants have been knocked down. The civilians, who were held hostage, have been safely evacuated. Operation is still on,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajouri-Poonch range Johny Willian told reporters.

A policeman Rajinder Kumar was killed in the incident.

Two Army jawans, two police jawans and a civilian were also injured.

One of the injured is Sub Inspector of Special Operation Group (SoG) Manzoor Hussain and another a civilian Tariq, police said, adding the injured have been hospitalised.

The authorities used drones to track down the militants who had taken shelter inside a house where an elderly couple lived and another structure. The couple was safely evacuated.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu Zone Danish Rana said body of one of the militants has been recovered and others are being recovered.

“The cordon in the area will remain intact till tomorrow as operation is on,” Rana added. (AGENCIES)