SRINAGAR, JUNE 24: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday claimed to have killed two LeT militants including a top commander during a gunfight in Chidder village of Qaimoh in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The third militant, according to the police, laid down his weapon.
A senior police official said two militants have been killed and third one has surrendered and has been identified as Shakir Ahmad who had joined the outfit some two months back.
He identified one of the slain militants as Shakoor Ahmad, a top commander of LeT from Kulgam. The other slain militant might be an foreigner, said the police officer.
Reports said that army, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF launched a search operation in the area following “specific’ inputs about the presence of militants.
As soon as the forces approached the suspected spot, the militants hiding in a residential house opened fire on them. The forces retaliated, triggering a gunfight.
Earlier, an army spokesman said that two militants were killed in the gunfight. He said their bodies are yet to be retried. “Third militant is still trapped inside,” he said, adding that the identities of the slain are yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, massive clashes broke out between the government forces and protesters near the site of the gunfight.
Reports said that youth took to streets and clashed with the forces deployed in the area to disrupt the anti-militant operation.
The forces responded by firing tear gas, triggering further clashes.