KASHMIR NEWS TRUST #KNT
In the first two months of the ongoing year, 4 local militants were killed in two encounters in Kashmir Valley. Joint forces also killed 3 infiltrators while in the militant strikes, 8 civilians including two kids and a Kashmiri Pandit succumbed. A soldier Pawan Kumar was also killed in one of the encounters in Awantipora Pulwama while another soldier Hem Raj sustained grievous injuries in the same encounter.
Eleven people including 7 civilians and 2 militants died in different militancy-related incidents in January this month while in February, there were 5 human casualties including 2 militants, an infiltrator, a Kashmiri Pandit and a soldier.
In one of the encounters at Rudbugh village of Central Kashmir’s Budgam, militants after an exchange of fire managed to escape.
Two infiltrators were killed in Balakote Poonch while another was killed in Saidpora forward area of Tangdhar Kupwara.
Four militants were neutralized in encounters at the main market Budgam and Potgampora Awantipora. The slain militants were identified as Arbaz Ahmed Mir of Putrigam and Shahid Ahmed Sheikh of Kesrigam Kakapora, Aquib Mushtaq of Malangpora and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat of Syedabad Pustana Tral all natives from Pulwama district.
Militants also lobbed grenade at Eidgah Srinagar resulting in injuries to a civilian. In a militant attack, the son of a slain policeman Asif Ganai was injured after he was fired upon by militants at his native village of Hasanpora Bijbehara. Militants also shot dead JK Bank security guard Sanjay Sharma son of Kashi Nath at his native Achan village of Pulwama district.
Besides three soldiers including a JCO slipped to death in the Maachil Sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara while walking on a snow track during an operation. [KNT]