Srinagar, Aug 11: Two militants were killed in a fierce gunbattle with security forces during an overnight operation in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Tuesday. According to reports, the identity of the militants has been established. One of them is believed to be top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Irshad Ghani.
Irshad Ghani is said to have been involved in many deadly attacks, including the one carried out on an Army convoy in 2013 in Srinagar, in which 13 jawans had lost their lives. Ghani’s associate was also killed in the Pulwama encounter.
The Jammu and Kashmir police said the encounter began in Ratnipora area in south Kashmir after the militants fired on an army patrol in the morning. A joint team of police and army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. They managed to escape before being tracked down.
The gunbattle stopped late last night but resumed this morning and ended with the killing of both the militants. According to reports, the encounter triggered protests in the area with some youths pelting stones at the security forces. A Jammu and Kashmir policeman was also injured in the gunfight and was taken to hospital.
2015 Kashmir Despatch