The body of a slain militant was recovered on Wednesday from the debris of two houses destroyed in a gunfight that killed five militants as well as a captain of the Indian Army and two soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town.
"We have recovered the dead body of one militant so far from the debris of the houses destroyed in yesterday's (Tuesday) gunfight in Sopore," a senior police officer told IANS.
The officer said the debris clearing operation was still on and the bodies of the other slain guerrillas were likely to be under the debris.
The gunfight, which started Tuesday morning in Chankipora locality of Sopore town, 54 km from here, left a captain and two soldiers dead. Three other soldiers and a civilian were injured in the fierce exchange of bullets that raged for several hours.
"Five militants, including a top LeT (Lashkar-e-Taeba) commander, are believed to have been killed in the gunfight. But this would be only confirmed after the debris clearing operation is completed," the officer said.
were identified as Captain Davinder Singh Jass, Naik Selva Kumar and paratrooper Imtiyaz Ahmad Thokar of first Para.
Besides, a civilian identified as Ramiz Ahmad Malla, who was hit by a stray bullet while being evacuated from the scene, is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.
The gunbattle had started on Monday night when security forces got information about the presence of Lashker-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorists in Chinkipura, a heavily congested area of Sopore town.
The militants suspected to have been killed included Bhasharat of Hizbul Mujahideen and Noman and Hamza of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Sallahuddin of Lashker-e-Taiba and a local militant Tauseef Mir.