Security forces on Thursday resumed search operation for bodies of militants believed to have been killed and buried under the debris of the houses that were destroyed in the fierce gunbattle in Sopore.
The operation to retrieve the bodies of the militants, who were said to have been killed in the day-long gunbattle on Tuesday, resumed this morning, officials said.
A militant, believed to have been killed in the gunbattle, emerged alive from the debris yesterday and opened fire on security personnel searching for the bodies of slain ultras, killing one of them but was later shot dead in retaliatory fire by the forces.
Earlier, body of a militant was recovered yesterday from the rubbles of houses that were destroyed in the gunbattle.
Three armymen, including a captain, were killed in the gunbattle with the militants hiding in houses at Chinkipora, 55 kms from here, on February 23.
The deceased army personnel were identified as Captain Davinder Singh Jass, Naik Selva Kumar and Paratrooper Imtiyaz Ahmad Thokar of first Para.
Besides, a civilian identified as Ramiaz Ahmad Malla, who wahit by a stray bullet while being evacuated from the scene, is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.