2 militants killed in Tral gunfight

2 militants killed in Tral gunfight

One of the deceased Tral resident; clashes erupt during gunfight in the town

Two militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Tral area of Pulwama district on Tuesday.

Bodies of the deceased militants—Showkat Ahmad Khan of Handoora, Tral, and yet-to-be-identified Pakistani national—were recovered from the debris of the house in which they were hiding and was set ablaze by the forces. 

Awantipora superintendent of police Zahid Malik said the forces were searching for the body of a third militant in the debris.

A senior police official said that on Monday night, shortly after militants attacked army’s 42 RR camp at Mandoora, Tral, the forces surrounded and searched Mandoora, Chankitar, Chewa Ullar and some other villages. The searches continued till Tuesday afternoon.

"We had inputs that militants had suffered injuries during Mandoora firing attack and have escaped into nearby villages," said a police officer.

On Tuesday, militants, hiding in a house, and the forces fired at each other in Chankitar village. The firing continued till late evening. At around 6.30pm, the firing stopped and the forces set the house on fire.

During the past two weeks, militants carried out five attacks on army and CRPF camps in Tral and its outskirts, killing a soldier and an SSB guard while injuring a few others.

CLASHES DURING GUNFIGHT

As soon as the news about the gunfight spread in the area, scores of youth hit the Bus Stand and main market in Tral and pelted the forces with stones. The forces fired teargas canisters to quell the protests.

Protesters also blocked various roads in the main town to restrict the movement of forces’ vehicles towards encounter site.

The authorities blocked the internet service in police district Awantipora.