Srinagar, Jun 18(KMW): Two militants and an army personnel were were killed in a gunbattle in Anantnag today.
According to a police spokesman, acting on a credible input about the presence of militants in Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district, forces launched a cordon and search operation this morning.
“The search turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated,” said the spokesman.
A soldier who was injured in the gun battle succumbed to his injuries, he said.
The exchange of fire was going on when reports last came in.
On Monday, an Army major was killed and another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter with militants in the district’s Achabal area.
The same day, militants also targeted an Army patrol unit with a vehicle fitted with an improvised explosive device in Pulwama district. Nearly a dozen soldiers got injured, two of whom breathed their last in Army hospital.
The site of the blast was 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel was attacked by a suicide bomber in February in which 40 jawans were killed.
Last week, a lone Jaish-e-Mohammad militant attacked a patrol team of the paramilitary force in Anantnag, killing five CRPF personnel.
Jammu and Kashmir police officer, who had reached the site of the attack shortly after the attack, was sprayed with bullets the moment he had stepped out of his bullet-proof vehicle.
He was flown to Delhi AIIMS, but died on Sunday.