An Army Major and a militant were killed and two soldiers including an officer of Major rank, sustained injuries in a gunfight in Achabal area of Anantnag district on Monday.
A police official said that Army’s 19 RR, Special Operation Group (SOG) of J&K police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel ring fenced Badoora village of Achabal, following inputs about the presence of militants in the area. “As the security forces closed in towards the house, the holed up militant opened fire triggering an encounter,” he said.
A source said the exchange of fire lasted for a few minutes before it came to a halt
“Major Rahul Verma and one soldier were injured in the initial fire fight. The duo was taken to a military hospital for treatment where they were operated upon,” he said.
“The security forces immediately launched massive search operations but it was only around 11am that a fresh contact was established with a trapped militant,” a police official said.
“The security forces later started blowing up the house where the militant was holed up. But the militant came out of the house firing indiscriminately. Another Major rank army officer identified as Ketan Sharma received bullet injury this time around and died on the spot,” he said.
A source said the militant was killed in the open only.
“The operation was finally called off late in the evening,” a police official said. “The deceased militant is believed to be a foreigner and is probably associated with Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit.”
The house which was blown up belonged to slain HizbulMujahideen divisional commander Shabir Ahmad Sheikh alias Badoori.
Shabir who remained active in militant ranks for more than 15 years was shot dead on 17 April 2005, along with his aide, GhulamMohiuddin, in an encounter with security forces at Marhama village of Sangam in Bijbehara area.
Meanwhile, clashes also erupted in Badoora and other adjoining villages during the gunfight.