Hizbul militant killed in Pulwama encounter
Another militant sustains injuries, admitted in a hospital
Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was Saturday killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Babgund area of the south Kashmir district during the night after inputs of the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militant fired upon the forces who then retaliated.
In the ensuing gunfight, the militant was killed in the morning, the official said.
He said the slain militant has been identified as Sabir Ahmad Dar who belonged to HM outfit.
Some arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site, the official said, adding the operation has been called off. Police also said that a militant who was injured in the gunfight has been captured and sent to SMHS hospital in Srinagar where he is being treated.
Pertinently, authorities imposed strict restrictions in the area following the killing of a local militant. Dar who was active since many months was a resident of Samboora village in Pulwama.
Authorities also suspended internet services in the area, sources said.
Police identified the militant as Showkat Ahmad Dar son of Nazir Ahmad Dar of Muran, Pulwama.
The officer said that Showkat was admitted by some unknown men and women who wrote his name as Bashir Ahmad in the hospital registry.
According to a doctor, Dar received a bullet wound in his abdomen which severely damaged his internal organs. The doctor said his condition is very critical.
Meanwhile, the police officer said that police has taken cognizance and further action is being taken.