Three militants and a soldier have been killed in an encounter at Zadoora in Pulwama in South Kashmir on Saturday. This is the second encounter in less than 24 hours after four Al-Badr militants have been killed, the fifth one surrendered at Killora in the neighbouring district of Shopian.
Al Badr district commander Shakoor Parray and his associate Suhail Bhat, who had abducted and killed a panch on August 1, were among the four militants killed in the encounter, according to IGP Vijay Kumar. The other two militants were identified as Zubair Nengroo and Shaki-ul-Jabba.
Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said three militants have been killed in Zadoora while one soldier who was critically injured succumbed to the injuries at the Army hospital in Srinagar. With the killing of three militants at Zadoora, seven militants have been killed in the two encounters so far in less than 24 hours. The killing of the militants is considered a big jolt to militancy in South Kashmir.
The identity of the militants at Zadoora is yet to be ascertained. According to police sources, the operation was launched after specific inputs were received about the presence of militants in the village last night. The militant who surrendered has been identified as Shoiab Ahmed Bhat of Awantipure in Pulwama.
Kumar said that Shakoor and Suhail were involved in the abduction of a territorial army soldier Shakir Manzoor Wagay, a resident of Shopian who has been reportedly killed. The encounter at Zadoora started after a team of CRPF and Army’s 50 RR (Rashtriya Rifles), during a search operation in the village, established contact with the hiding militants in the morning. The hiding militant fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter.
Three militants were killed. One soldier who was critically injured died at the Army’s 92 Base Hospital at Badami Bagh in Srinagar. The operation is still underway. Source: theweek