Four militants killed, soldier injured in north Kashmir encounter

Srinagar, Aug 8: Four militants were killed and a soldier was injured in an encounter which ensued after troops launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the woods in north Kashmir district of Baramulla on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Lt Gen A K Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, has complimented security forces for killing the militants in the forests of Hamam in Baramulla.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told UNI that following a tip-off about the presence of militants; Army, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation at Rafiabad, Sopore, Baramulla district of north Kashmir this morning.
He said the entire forest area of Rafiabad was sealed and a massive search operation was launched. However, when the security forces were moving deep into forest, militants hiding there, opened fire in which a soldier was injured. The injured was later shifted to Base hospital here.
The security forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter, he said, adding four militants were killed in the exchange of fire.
He said the operation was going on when the reports last came in.
“The security force team was specially inserted into the area of operations and has done an excellent job by neutralising these militants and thwarting their nefarious designs. Well done,” Lt Gen A K Bhatt said.
Security forces have up the ante at militants in the last couple of days as about nine ultras were gunned down in different encounters in the valley during this period.
Menwhile Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have arrested a militant and recovered arms and ammunition from him in south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
A police spokesperson here on Wednesday said that following specific information about transportation of arms and ammunition, a joint party was established by security forces at Awantipora in Pulwama on Tuesday evening.
He said security forces apprehended a militant, identified as Abdul Majid Shah, who was travelling in a vehicle, at the checkpoint and recovered arms and ammunition and other incriminating material from him.
The militant was immediately taken into custody.
During questioning, the spokesperson said that Shah revealed that he is in touch with other militants of the area who are planning future attacks on forces.
He said police have registered a case and initiated investigation to nab other militants in the area.