J-K: 3 militants believed dead in 18-hour gun battle

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Pulwama
  • Updated: Sep 02, 2014 15:19 IST

All three militants, holed up inside a residential area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, were believed killed in a gun battle with security forces, police said.

“We suspect all the militants are dead. The encounter is almost over,” Srinagar-based police spokesman told the Hindustan Times.

“It will take some time to ascertain the identity of those killed in the gunbattle,” said the spokesman.

There were no reports of any casualty to security forces participating in the operation.

The encounter broke out between militants and security forces on Monday evening around 8 pm when a search party zeroed in on Hajan Mohalla of Rajpora area in Pulwama, 35 km south of Srinagar.

There was intermittent exchange of firing during the night. The exchange intensified on Tuesday morning and around noon the security forces launched a final assault on their position.

Earlier, the security forces decided not to advance during the night. They put up flash lights and set up concertina wires, circling the area where militants were hiding.

Unconfirmed reports suggest security forces sent a relative of a local militant to negotiate surrender with the holed-up militants but failed to yield any result.

Three local militants, believed to have allegiance with the Jash-e-Muhammad, were hiding in the area. One of the three militants reportedly was a fresh recruit and had joined the militant ranks a few weeks ago.

There were reports of stone-pelting by youth in parts of Pulwama district since morning.

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