Policeman killed in encounter with militants in Indian Kashmir
A policeman was killed in an encounter with suspected militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, separatist militant group, in Pulwama district of India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state on Sunday (March 05) morning.
The policeman has been identified as Manzoor Ahmed. According to local media reports, three others, including an army major, have been injured in the gun battle.
The encounter began after a joint team of Army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) started a search operation in Tral area of the district on Saturday (March 04) evening based on the inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
While the search operation was underway, militants opened fired at the security personnel and a gun battle ensued.
The area has been cordoned off and security forces have zeroed in on the house where militants are holed up.
Attempts are underway to smoke out the terrorists. Further details are awaited.
There has been a spate in militant attacks in Kashmir since India last September announced surgical strikes against suspected militants attempting to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
India has long accused Pakistan of training and arming militants, and infiltrating them across the de facto border, called the Line of Control (LoC), dividing Kashmir. Pakistan denies those allegations.