Tribune News Service
A Deputy Commandant of the Border Security Force (BSF) and three others, including two militants, were killed in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.
A BSF spokesman told TNS here that Deputy Commandant Shamsher Singh was killed in a night-long encounter with militants at Khuri Batapora in the Kulgam area of Anantnag district last night.
He said security forces, on specific information, cordoned off Batapora locality yesterday afternoon. While search was being conducted, hiding militants opened fire on the search party at about 7.30 p.m.
The fire was retaliated which continued for about an hour, in which the officer was killed. The cordon was further tightened throughout the night, the spokesman said.
He added that the troops were again fired upon by the hiding militants this morning. One house was gutted in the exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces. The security forces have recovered an unidentified body from the debris of the house.
Two militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Lam in the Tral area of Pulwama district today. One of them was identified as Mushtaq Ahmad, believed to be an IED expert. Two AK rifles were recovered from the site of the encounter, the BSF spokesman said.
JAMMU: Indian troops killed five hardcore militants in the Surankot area of Poonch district on Monday. With this the toll of terrorists in Poonch district on Monday rose to 10.
Defence Ministry reports said on a tip-off troops cordoned off a militant hideout in the Surankot area.
As soldiers neared the hideout they came under heavy fire which was retaliated. All five terrorists were killed on the spot.
Earlier, the troops eliminated five foreign mercenaries in the Mandi area of Poonch. They were trying to cross into Pakistan.
Official reports said Indian troops spotted some movement on the LoC during the wee hours and asked the rebels to halt but they opened fire. The troops retaliated, killing five militants on the spot.