An ongoing gun-battle between security forces and militants that broke out in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday night has left two Jash-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants dead and an army major injured.
The shootout started previous night when the army's 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the police's special operation group (SOG) threw a cordon around Bongam village of Hanjan in Rajpora area, Pulwama district, 45 km south of Srinagar. The operation was launched after a tip-off about the militants' presence in the area. The hiding militants spotted the security forces' cordon and fired volley of bullets at the personnel to break through the security ring.
"Police and the army have killed two militants so far in the encounter," said a Srinagar-based police spokesman. In the exchange of fire, an army major also received injuries.
Army's Srinagar-based spokesman JS Brar said that the two militants belon to the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The militants, who had taken refuge in a built up area, were asked to surrender but they opened fire resulting in a fire fight," said Brar.
The dead militants were identified as as Ashan Bhai, a resident of Pakistan, and Javed Mangroo, a local. "Ashan Bhai was a top terrorist active in the area for over ten years. Two AK-47 rifles were recovered from their possession," said Brar.
The police spokesman said that there was no hostage crisis in the ongoing operation to neutralize the hiding militants.
"The encounter is going on. There is no hostage situation as has been reported by some electronic media channel," said the spokesman.