Policeman martyred, two terrorists killed in 15-hr Tral encounter; combing underway

Srinagar : A policeman, Manzoor Ahmed, was martyred and three security personnel, including an Army major, were left injured in an encounter between security forces and militants in Tral village in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Sunday. Reportedly, two militants who were holed up inside a building in Tral, the hometown of slain militant commander Burhan Wani, were also gunned down in the encounter. Meanwhile the encounter has ended after 15 long hours, however, the combing is still underway.

Ahmed was killed at Hafoo Nazneepora area in Pulwana during the encounter between security forces and terrorists. The encounter began on Saturday night after security forces cordoned off the area and launched search operations in the evening based on specific inputs regarding the presence of around two or three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who were reportedly close associates of slain militant Burhan Wani, in the village.

The Army had launched a cordon and search in Tral at around 6:30 pm on the basis of information of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Srinagar on Saturday. Reportedly, as they marched towards the encounter site in order to cordon off the village, they were pelted with stones at several places.

Soon after the attacks began, a local magistrate imposed section 144, forbidding free assembly of more than four people, in the area. As of now, mobile network in Tral has also been restricted as the encounter rages on.
Earlier on Saturday, one miscreant hit an assistant sub inspector and snatched his weapon before disappearing into the crowd. A separate operation is on to recover the weapon. (Agencies)

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