Kulgam encounter: 2 terrorists killed, 1 surrenders

Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces while another surrendered in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday.

A civilian was also killed in firing allegedly by security forces, who came under attack from stone-pelting locals near the encounter site.

Police officials said the shootout began after militants opened fire on a search team of security forces in Chadderbhan village of Kulgam.

State director general of police, Shesh Paul Vaid, said two–three militants were trapped in the encounter. “Reportedly two terrorists killed so far,” he tweeted.

The encounter began this afternoon in the Cheddar Qaimoh area of Kulgam district as Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the CRPF and the Army, were carrying out operations to sanitise a national highway ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, beginning June 28, news agency PTI said.

Clashes erupted soon after the encounter during which a civilian died. The man was killed 5 km from the encounter site, police sources said. Twelve protesters have also been injured.

Security forces have been carrying out operations to sanitise the Jammu-Srinagar national highway ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, beginning June 28, another senior police official said.

This is the third major encounter along the national highway. Three terrorists of Jaish-e-Muhammed were gunned down in Tral on June 20, four of IS-JK, an affiliate of the banned Islamic State terror group, including its chief Dawood Sofi, were killed on June 22.

An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Kulgam’s Chadder Bhan area earlier in the day after an Army patrol party was attacked.

This came in the wake of terrorist attacks in Pulwama and Anantnag districts on June 22.
Terrorists hurled grenades and fired upon a police and Central Reserve Police Force joint party near Tral bus stand in Pulwama district, while at least four terrorists and a police personnel were killed in an encounter in Anantnag’s Srigufwara area.

Governor’s rule was imposed in the state on Wednesday, a day after BJP ended its alliance with the PDP and three days after Centre ordered security forces to resume counter-insurgency operations in J&K, ending a month-long halt for the Islamic holy month of Ramzan.