Soldier, two militants killed in gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag

Acting on a credible input about the presence of militants in Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation this morning.

Published: 18th June 2019 10:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2019 02:25 PM   |  A+A-

A file photo of Indian soldiers taking position during an encounter with militants. (Photo | PTI)

By IANS

SRINAGAR: The Jaish-e-Muhammad (LeT) militant whose car was used in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers, was killed in a gunfight on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, police said. A soldier was also killed in the gunfight. 

Sajad Ahmad Bhat was among the two militants who were killed in the gunfight on Tuesday morning in the district's Waghama area.

"Sajad Ahmad Bhat alias Afzal Guru had joined militancy days before the Pulwama terror attack. He belonged to Marhama village in Anantnag," police sources said.

The soldier initially injured in the encounter between the security forces and militants in Waghama village, later succumbed. Two other soldiers have also been injured. They have been shifted to hospital, the sources added. 

On Monday, an Army major was killed and another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter with militants in the district's Achabal area.

A militant was also killed. Militants also targeted an Army patrol unit with a vehicle fitted with an improvised explosive device in Pulwama district Monday. Nine jawans and two civilians were injured in the blast. They are recuperating at a hospital.

The site of the blast was 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel was attacked by a suicide bomber in February in which 40 jawans were killed.

(With inputs from PTI))

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