Five militants, including a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) self-styled commander, have been killed in three separate encounters in north Kashmir. Two security personnel have also died and at least seven injured in the gunfights.
Police on Wednesday said Abu Hamza, a LeT commander, was killed in Amargarh, Sopore, of Baramulla district. He was gunned down during cross-firing that started on Tuesday afternoon. An army jawan was also killed in the encounter. “Two other jawans and a policeman were also injured,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police of north Kashmir, Abdul Gani Mir.
In a separate encounter, which is still on in Kupwara district, two militants have been killed at Bakihara village. Police said two security personnel have also been injured. “We suffered losses because we wanted to avoid civilian casualties,” Mir said.
The third encounter, which continued whole day, started Wednesday morning in the Ayatmullah area of Bandipora district. Two militants were killed along with an army jawan in the firefight. Two more troopers were injured in the clash. The identity of the militants is yet to be ascertained,” Mir told HT.