Two LeT militants killed, 2 jawans injured during encounter
Srinagar: Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed and two soldiers injured Thursday in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district, police said.
“The security forces launched a search operation based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in Zagoo locality of Khansahib area of the district,” a police official said.
He said during the operation, the militants opened fire on the search party, prompting the security forces to retaliate.
“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed. The security forces also recovered various incriminating material, including arms and ammunition from the site,” he added.
The slain militants were identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Khan, a resident of Arizal in Budgam and Mohammad Amin Mir of Pampore in Pulwama district.
“They were both involved in a series of attacks on security establishments in the area,” the official said.
He said two army jawans also suffered injuries and were evacuated to the hospital for treatment.
“The injured jawans are stated to be stable,” he said, adding the police has registered a case and started investigation.
Meanwhile, an outdoor broadcasting (OB) van of a media organisation was damaged in a stone-pelting incident in Budgam district, the police said.
The windscreen of the OB van of a television news agency was damaged after it was attacked by a stone-pelting mob while the media crew was on its way to cover the encounter, a police official said.
There were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the incident, he added.
Meanwhile, the police once again advised the people from running towards the encounter sites.
“Citizens are once again requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” a police spokesman said.