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6 militants, soldier among 8 killed in three Valley gunfights (Intro Roundup)

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Six militants, including a top commander, as well as a soldier and a civilian were killed and four others injured in three gunfights between security forces and militants across the on Thursday.

In the first gunfight in Dalipora village of district, three Jaish militants, including a top who had masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, a soldier and a civilian were killed, police said.

"The slain militants have been identified as two locals, and and Pakistani national Khalid was a top and had masterminded the 2017 attack on the in Lethpora in which five troopers were killed," a police source said.

The civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of the house where the militants were hiding. His brother, Muhammad Younis, sustained a

According to the sources, two soldiers were also injured in the exchange of firing.

Giving details of the gunfight, a police statement said: "On a credible input, a cordon and was launched today morning by police and security forces at Dalipora area.

"As police and security forces were evacuating civilians from the neighbourhood around the target house, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately. In the process, one jawan, Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life."

Security forces retaliated, killing three militants whose bodies were retrieved from the site, it said.

"They were identified as of Kareemabad, Pulwama, of and from the incriminating material recovered from the site of encounter, one terrorist has been identified as a Pakistani, namely Khalid.

"According to police records, the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM," it said.

The statement said that Khalid, "who was operating as of proscribed terror outfit was involved in several terror attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area. Many terror crime cases were registered against him".

Amid massive clashes near the and adjoining areas, authorities imposed curfew in town and suspended was also reduced in city to prevent uploading of and posts.

In another gunfight in Handew village of district, three militants were killed while a soldier was injured. Police said firing exchanges have stopped but the is still going on.

"Bodies of the slain militants have been recovered. Their exact identities and group affiliation are being ascertained," police said.

Following specific information about the presence of militants, troops of the army's counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and the of the launched a cordon and in Handew village, but came under fire from the hiding militants and retaliated.

The third gunfight took place in area of district.

Security forces surrounded the forest area after intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants there.

Police said a brief shootout took place in area, but there was no report of any casualty.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 19:06 IST