Soldier killed, 2 others injured in Pulwama amid restrictions, internet clampdown
Pulwama: A soldier was killed and two others injured in an ongoing encounter with militants in Dalipora area of this South Kashmir. So far one militant has also been killed and civilian injured even as authorities imposed tough restrictions in the area as youth took to streets in a bid to disrupt the “ongoing anti-militancy operation”. The authorities have been also snapped internet in the south Kashmir district.
Police sources said that three soldiers and a civilian were injured in the early phase of the gunfight and were removed to hospitals. While the soldiers from 55 Rashtriya Rifles were shifted to army hospital Badamibagh, the civilian, Younis Ahmad Dar son of Jalal Din, has been shifted to Srinagar hospital from district hospital where he was initially admitted.
One of the critically injured soldiers succumbed to injuries, they added. His name is put as Sandeep Kumar but official confirmation was awaited.
Meanwhile police and government forces retrieved body of one militant from encounter site as there was brief lull in firing. “A fresh firefight resumed in the area,” they said, adding that two more militants are believed to holed-up. The encounter ensued after the government forces retaliated fire from hiding militants while later was carrying searches amid “credible inputs” about the presence of the militants in the area, they added.
by INS Desk