Pulwama gunbattle ends; 2 militants killed
The gunbattle that started on Wednesday afternoon in Ichgosa village, Pulwama district, 35 km south of Srinagar, resumed in the morning. The 19-hour gunbattle between militants and security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir ended this afternoon with the killing of a holed-up ultra, taking the number of militants killed to two.india Updated: Jun 06, 2013 18:27 IST
Another Jash-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant was killed on the second day of encounter between security forces and holed up militants in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday.
The gunbattle that started on Wednesday afternoon in Ichgosa village, Pulwama district, 35 km south of Srinagar, resumed in the morning.
A police spokesman said the second holed up militant fired at the security forces, which were part of the cordon operation, at around 4am. "The militant was killed later," said the spokesman.
A residential house, where militants were apparently holed up, has been reportedly damaged in the operation.
Two militants, including a divisional commander of JeM Altaf Baba alias Gazi Baba, were killed in the encounter. Baba was killed on Wednesday.
Baba, whose body was recovered in the morning, was a local. Villagers thronged Baba's residence to participate in his funeral.
Pulwama town witnessed tense moments when protesters clashed with security forces after the news of the killing of the two local militants.
Angry protesters attacked a police vehicle, injuring a few cops. Police used tear smoke shells and baton to quell the protesters. A complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama town.
Baba, who according to the police, was involved in a number of firing incidents in Rajpora area, had joined the JeM militant outfit in 2008. "He was motivated by Sajad Afgani alias Ahsan Bhai of Pakistan to join militant ranks and later replaced him after his death in an encounter," said the spokesman.
Wednesday's encounter was the third major encounter in the last fortnight. Four armymen and a militant were killed in Pulwama on May 24. On June 1, two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in south Kashmir's Shopian.
There is a sudden spurt in militant activities in south Kashmir since May this year.