One member of fleeing militants group killed in Lolab

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Srinagar, April 6 (GNS): A militant, part of group who fled on Tuesday, was killed in a fresh gunfight with government forces in Lolab forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on wee hours of Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, army’s 28 RR launched cordon-and-search operation following inputs about the presence of some militants in forest area near Jindyal hamlet of village Dardpora in the frontier district, the militants – who were believed to be two to three in number – exchanged gunfire intermittently with forces. However, later in the day they managed to break the cordon and escaped.

One militant among the group had sustained injuries during the initial exchange of fire and he too managed to escape with the other members of the group, they said.

Meanwhile, extra reinforcement of para-troopers were rushed to the spot last evening who along with the 28 RR intensified the combing operations in the forest area to track down the fleeing militant group.

“The joint team of forces used sniffer dogs and followed the blood stains of one of the injured militant managed to intercept the group again at around 12:15 am last night”, they said.

As such the group was intercepted by the forces, the heavy exchange of gunfire resumed and continued intermittently till 5:00 am, they said. “In the firing incident, one unknown militant has been killed”.

Army’s Srinagar based defence official told GNS that a militant has been killed during late night gunfight and his identity is being ascertained.

“Today morning when the searches were launched, the forces recovered the body of the militant along with an AK-47 rifle and other arms and ammunitions”, he said.

The operation in the area is still going on, he said. (GNS)