Three people were killed in Jammu and Kashmir Anantnag district on Thursday morning. A soldier was martyred, a civilian and militant were killed in an operation launched by the security forces. Security forces have trapped militants in a mosque at Pandan Chadoora in Central Kashmir.
According to the reports, top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jaat alias Hanzla, who had been trapped during the encounter, has managed to escape. “We believe he was hit by a bullet and is injured, but managed to flee,” said senior police officer Munir Ahmad Khan. A search operation is underway.
“Operation was launched based on specific information. We have lost one soldier and one terrorist has been killed in the operation,” another senior police officer said.
Internet services has been stopped in Anantnag, Srinagar and Budgam districts, where the encounters broke out.
In another encounter that took place, the security forces are engaging three terrorists that are trapped inside a religious place at Chadoora in Budgam district, 28 km from Srinagar. The police said the terrorists took shelter in the religious place after they fled from a house where they had been hiding.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said they are taking precautions to ensure there is no damage to the religious place and at the same time the terrorists are neutralised.”We are not in a hurry. We will ensure no damage is caused to religious place,” said Mr Singh.
More details awaited.