Srinagar, November 6
Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, believed to be Pakistanis, were killed, while another, a local, surrendered before security forces during an overnight encounter in Pulwama district in which a civilian also lost his life, the police said on Friday.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Lalpora Chatlam area of Pampore on Thursday evening following information about the presence of militants there, a police spokesman said.
During the search operation, the militants fired indiscriminately, resulting in injuries to two civilians, and managed to escape from the hiding spot, he said.
Both the injured civilians were immediately shifted to a hospital. However, one of the injured, identified as Abid Ahmad Mir, a resident of Meej, Pampore, succumbed to injuries, while the condition of other was stated to be stable, the spokesman said.
He said the security forces continued with the search operation and again tracked the militants.
They were given the opportunity to surrender, the spokesman said, adding that they again fired indiscriminately at the joint search party of the forces, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
Due to darkness, the operation was suspended and the whole area was put under strict cordon, he said.
The spokesman said the operation was resumed in the early hours of Friday and in the ensuing encounter, one of the trapped militants was killed. However, the opportunity to surrender was yet again offered to the other trapped militants, as a result of which one of the trapped terrorists of the LeT laid down his arms and surrendered in an injured condition before the forces during the live encounter and was subsequently shifted to a hospital, he said.
The surrendered militant has been identified as Khawar Sultan Mir, a resident of the Drangbal area of Pampore, he added.
The spokesman said the operation went on as another militant continued firing at the forces and was killed in the afternoon.
The bodies of both the killed militants were retrieved from the site of the encounter and as per reliable sources, they were Pakistani nationals, he said, adding all the three were affiliated with the proscribed outfit LeT.
Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of the encounter, he said. — PTI