Kashmir: Forces kill 4 LeT terrorists; 3 Army men die, 5 are injured in vehicle accident

at 8:26 pm
Gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian in last stage, 1 militant reportedly killed: Police
Representative pic of encounter site in Kashmir

Srinagar: In a major success, security forces today eliminated 4 terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit in an encounter in south Kashmir.

However, tragically, 3 Army men lost their lives and 5 were injured when their vehicle met with an accident while rushing towards the encounter site, police said.

The gunfight took place in Badigam, Zainapora area of Shopian in South Kashmir when a cordon and a search operation was launched following a specific input about presence of terrorists there, the police said.

Caught in the cordon, the hiding terrorists opened fire at the security forces, who retaliated and a gunfight ensued.

“So far, four (4) local #terrorists of proscribed #terror outfit LeT #neutralised in #Shopian #encounter. Search is still going on,” said a tweet by the Kashmir Police, hours after the gun battle started.

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone), in a tweet, said that the terrorists killed in the encounter were active in Shopian & adjacent areas of Pulwama.

“They were involved in 6 #terror crimes including attacks on outside labourers. Hunt for their associates like Aijaz of Pulwama is on & they will be neutralised soon,” he added.

Over the last one month or so, terrorists have carried out a series of targeted attacks on Hindus and non-Kashmiris, including vendors and labourers, in South Kashmir.

In the latest such attack, a Hindu driver Satish Kumar Singh was shot dead in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, as security reinforcements were being rushed to the encounter site in Badigam, Zainapora, today, an Army vehicle overturned on its way.

“Owing to the wet road conditions, the driver seemingly lost control over the vehicle and it skidded off the road” near Kanipora village in Shopian district, Defence PRO said.

Eight soldiers were injured in the accident, he said.
“The eight injured soldiers were shifted to District Hospital Shopian, where two among them were declared dead. One soldier had received minor injuries and was discharged from District Hospital.
“The five other injured soldiers were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar, where the third soldier also succumbed to his injuries. Four soldiers are presently at the 92 Base Hospital and are being treated,” the PRO said.
Both the Police and the Army denied that the accident was caused by any stone pelting.
“It has been reported that some unconfirmed information has been circulated on social media, relating to stone pelting/injuries to some army jawans at Kanipora. It is clarified that info. shared in social media is not based on facts,” Shopian Police tweeted.
“It has already been clarified by the JKP that information shared on social media, that the accident was caused by stone pelting incident in the area is false. Rumours may be avoided and peace be maintained,” the Defence PRO added.