Srinagar, Nov 26 (UNI) Security forces gunned down two militants, including a most wanted commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and averted a major tragedy while militants made an abortive bid to blow up a roadside bunker in Jammu and Kashmir overnight.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Awantipora said Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and 31 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a joint operation after receiving a specific information about the presence of militants at Gujjar Patti, Tral in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
As the security forces were about to storm a particular house, militants opened fire. The fire was returned and in the fierce clash a most wanted HM Company Commander (CC) Tariq Ahanger alias Anees was killed.
He said Tariq had crossed over to Pakistan in 1998 and returned in December 2006 after receiving arms training there.
A report from Baramulla said militants today made an abortive bid to blow up a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker in north Kashmir, official sources said.
They said militants hurled a hand grenade towards a CRPF roadside bunker at Sopore at 1430 hours this afternoon. However, it missed the intended target and exploded without causing any damage.
Later, CRPF conducted search operation in the area but no one was arrested as militants had managed to escape after the attack.
Meanwhile, panic gripped village Saloora in Ganderbal district when a live grenade was found in the house of one Ghulam Nabi Bhat last evening.
The family members were immediately rescued and Bomb disposal Squad (BDS) summoned who later defused the grenade without causing any damage.
A report from Jammu said in a pre-dawn operation, Rashtriya Rifles (RR) troops today shot dead a local Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant at Niram, 4 km northwest of Mahore early today,'' Lt Col S D Goswami told UNI.
One AK rifle and a hand-grenade were recovered from the encounter site, he added.