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Just one militant killed in Pulwama encounter, others escaped: J&K Police

Director General of Police S P Vaid and Army officials had said three terrorists were killed in the encounter

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

S P Vaid
Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid

The body of only one LeT terrorist was recovered from the site of encounter in district of Jammu and Kashmir, a said on Saturday, adding that the other two believed to have been killed in the operation apparently managed to escape.

The said the LeT terrorist has been identified as Sajad Ahmad Shah, a resident of Gund in Chogul area in north Kashmir's district.

"He was involved in a number of attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities," he said.

A rifle and ammunition were recovered from the in Thamuna village.

The security forces on Friday launched the operation in the village after receiving information about the presence of three terrorists in a house there. of Police S P Vaid and Army officials had said three terrorists were killed in the encounter.

"All three terrorists eliminated. Good job boys," Vaid had tweeted.

After the security operation was called off on Saturday, the said only one body was recovered from the site of encounter. He said the initial information had suggested the presence of three terrorists in the house in the village.

"Pursuing credible leads regarding the presence of terrorists in Thamuna village of district Pulwama, a joint patrol of the security forces yesterday launched searches in the afternoon inside the village," the said.

He said as the was progressing towards the house, the terrorists fired upon the joint patrol team of the security forces, thereby triggering the encounter.

"The terrorists initially took few civilians hostage inside the house who were however safely evacuated by the security forces. Initial information suggested the presence of three terrorists inside the house, but as the was carried out, a lone body of a terrorist was recovered," the said.

He said the other terrorists apparently managed to escape after indiscriminately firing around the

He said a civilian was killed in "cross-firing" during the encounter. "In the incident, five civilians were injured in cross-firing and were evacuated to hospital for treatment, where unfortunately one succumbed to his Others are stated to be stable now," he said.

A case has been registered in this connection and investigation is on, the spokesman said.

First Published: Sat, June 30 2018. 16:39 IST