Militant killed as gunfight rages in Bandipora
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Militant killed as gunfight rages in Bandipora

A militant was killed in a gunfight in northern Bandipora district on Thursday afternoon, the police said.

A militant was killed in a gunfight in northern Bandipora district on Thursday afternoon, the police said.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, senior superintendent of police Bandipora, Zulfikar Azad, confirmed the killing of one militant in the gun-battle in Sumlar area, located four-kms from Bandipora town.

The anti-militancy operation, he said, was on.

The operation was launched following "specific inputs" about presence of a group of militants in the area, Azad said.

"The operation is underway. After a brief lull, the trapped militants again resorted to indiscriminate firing in the evening. There is no accurate information about the exact number of militants trapped, but our efforts are on to finish the operation as early as possible," the SSP said.

A witness told Greater Kashmir that additional forces were rushed to the gunfight site which has been sealed from all sides.

"It seems that the operation will continue as intermittent firing is going on. The security forces have encircled the area and generators have been brought to the gunfight site, while adequate lighting arrangement has also been made," an official said.

According to locals, around four to five militants are trapped in a house while two bodies are lying in its courtyard. Police however continued to remain tightlipped about the exact number of trapped militants, though they confirmed killing of one militant.

The trapped militants are believed to be affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, a police official said.

Pertinently, Bandipora has lately emerged as a strong bastion of LeT whose presence in the area surfaced after forces killed at least six militants including Zaki-ur-Rahman's nephew Owaid alias Osama, and two top commanders Zargar and Mehmood, at Chandergeer village in Hajin.

In the first week of this month, three LeT militants were killed in a fierce gunfight with forces in Par Mohalla, Hajin. In March this year, a Lashkar militant was killed by forces in a gunfight in Hajin.

In all gunfights in the area since November 2017, the slain militants were seen to be affiliated with the LeT. These gunfights mainly took place in Hajin and its adjoining areas.

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