Terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir continued on Friday too, which is considered an important day of prayers in Islam. Two terrorists, a civilian and a policeman were killed in a gunfight today in Anantnag district.
Police sources said the civilian was identified as Muhammad Yusuf. He owned the house, where the terrorists were holed up. The gun battle with terrorists is on in Khiram village of Srigufwara area. It is the first gunfight after the state was put under Governor’s rule.
Confirming the casualties, Jammu and Kashmir director general of police SP Vaid tweeted that the terrorists are reportedly affiliated to the Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK).
According to sources, terrorists opened fire at police and army personnel during a search operation at Nowshera village – around 10 kilometres from Anantnag town – on Friday morning. Two civilians and four security personnel were injured in the shootout that followed.
“Hafeeza the wife of the slain house owner has also sustained gunshot injury. She was shifted to hospital for treatment ” police said.
Other than this a member of the special operations group (SOG) of the state police was also killed during the ongoing operation while three other security personnel were injured.
Earlier the security forces laid a cordon around the village following specific information about presence of four militants hiding in the house.
“As the cordon was tightened, the militants fired triggering the encounter which is still underway ” a police officer said.
Dozens of youth have started pelting stones at the security forces. They gathered at a distance from the encounter site.
Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in the district to prevent rumor mongers from going on an overdrive.>