Soldier, LeT militant killed in Kulgam

first_imgA Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant and a soldier were killed in a fierce gunfight at Kulgam in south Kashmir on Tuesday, as another batch of militants managed to the give the Army the slip after being trapped in Pulwama.A police official said a heavy exchange of fire erupted between the hiding militants and the security forces at Nowbug Kund, Kulgam, during a cordon operation. “The operation got prolonged as the trapped militants changed their positions during the exchange of fire,” the official said.An LeT militant, identified as Muzamil Manzoor, a resident of Bardoo-Yaripora, Kulgam, was killed. However, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin identified the militant as Showkat Ahmad Dar. The other trapped militants managed to escape into a jungle area. A soldier was also killed in the operation. A policeman associated with the Special Operations Group (SOG) suffered injuries, police said.Hideout bustedIn a separate operation, militants gave a search party of security forces the slip in Laam forests of Tral, Pulwama. “A hideout was busted and blankets were seized from the spot,” said the police. Railway services were disrupted in Kulgam and Anantnag. Internet services in the area too remained suspendedIn north Kashmir, a procession was taken out during the last rites for Ashiq Ahmed Bhat, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant killed along with his associate Toib Majid of Brat Kalan Sopore in Zachildara area of Handwara town on Monday night.A police official said Bhat was from the volatile Palhalan area. He had joined the militant ranks in April 2015 as a Class 10 student. Clashes also broke out after the funeral. Another militant Majid was also buried in Bratkalan Sopore as mourners chanted anti-India slogans.Paying tributes to the slain militants, Hizb chief Salahuddin, in a statement issued from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said the ongoing struggle would continue till a logical conclusion was reached. “The sun of freedom will rise sooner or later in Kashmir.”last_img

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