One militant and a policeman from the special operation group were killed in a gunbattle in north Kashmir’s Sopore district on Friday.
Around 5am, a joint operation of the police’s special operation group, the army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF 176 Battalion personnel cordoned off Krankshivan Naseem Bagh village in Sopore.
The security personnel had zeroed in on a house where intelligence reports had been received about the presence of militants. “The militants opened fire at the search team and the police retaliated. The firefight continued for at least 10 minutes,” said a police officer.
One militant was killed in the retaliatory fire. One policeman, constable Mohammad Rafiq, who tried to get close to the house, was hit by the militants’ bullets. “The policeman succumbed to his injuries later,” said the officer.
Reinforcements were sent to the spot later and the search operation continued for most part of the day.
Sources told the Hindustan Times that there were two more militants in the house who managed to escape. The slain militant is a local identified as Manzoor Ahmad of Sangrama area in north Kashmir.