Srinagar (LeT): Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed, while one surrendered during an encounter in Meej area of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Awantipora district, that began yesterday.
One of the two civilians, injured in the gunbattle last evening, also succumbed to his wounds this morning.
The deceased was identified as Abid Nabi and he breathed his last at SMHS, Srinagar. The condition of another injured civilian, identified as Kifayat Ahmad, is stable at Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar.
According to Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhry, Nabi succumbed to his injuries in the morning at around 6:30 am.
During the operation, the security forces also appealed to militants to surrender and they said they we will continue to make offers for surrender so that the youth who have chosen a wrong path get a chance to reform themselves. According to police sources, one of the three militants was given an offer to surrender and was convinced to do so successfully.
The operation was stopped for a brief spell due to darkness last evening. However, it was resumed at the break of dawn today.
The operation is over now with the killing of the third militant.
The encounter started last evening in Pampore after Police, Army’s 50 RR and CRPF launched a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on information about the presence of militants in the Meej area.