Soldier, militant killed in Shopian gunfight

Mir Wasim/GK

A soldier and a militant were killed while  an army man suffered  injuries in  a  gunfight at a village in this south Kashmir’s district on Friday.

A police official said that a joint team of Army’s 34- RR , SOG and paramilitary CRPF personnel ring fenced Pandoshan village of the district following “definite information” about the presence of militants in the area at around 12 :15 am.

The forces soon launched a search operation in the area, he added.

The official said that while the operation was in progress, militants opened fire on the forces, who retaliated at full throttle.

In the initial exchange of firing, he said, two soldiers suffered injuries who were rushed to Army’s 92 base hospital in Badamibagh, Srinagar. One of the injured soldiers later died of his injuries, said the official.

The official identified the deceased soldier as sepoy Ranbir of 8 JAT while the injured army man was identified as  sepoy Deepak.

 The official said that after a few hours of gun fight, there was long hush. It, however, was punctured by another spell of bullets fired by the militants at around half past two pm, he said.

“In the fierce exchange of bullets, one militant was killed”, said the official.

He said that the identity of the slain militant was being ascertained.

“One of the residential houses from where militants were believed to be firing on the forces was also brought down”,  the official added.

He said that the militants were changing the locations that prolonged the operation.

Another police official told Greater Kashmir that while the operation was on, bands of youth appeared on the streets and pelted security forces with stones. He said that forces fired tear smoke shells and pellets to scare away the stone-pelting men.

Militants trigger IED in Pulwama village

Meanwhile, militants on Friday morning set off an Improvised Explosive Device ( IED) at a village in Pulwama district causing damage to an army vehicle.

A police official said that militants triggered an IED at Zahid Bagh Litter village when an armoured vehicle of 55 Rashtriya Rifles was passing through the area at around 3 am. The blast caused some damage to the vehicle, the official said.  He said that the IED was planted alongside the road.

Soon after the blast, the whole area was cordoned off and a searches were launched to nab the attackers.