Four terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter, police see links to Islamic State: A policeman and four militants were killed because of the shootout at Nowshera village in South Kashmir which took place on Friday, police told the same.
A civilian and a policeman were also killed in clashes between police and local residents which happened in the neighborhood, reports further said so.
Confirming the casualties, in Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid, the director general of police, tweeted that two militants killed in the encounter which is reportedly joined and connected to the Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK).
The four militants have been killed, recognized as ISJK chief Dawood Salafi alias Burhan from HMT Srinagar, Majeed Manzoor from Talangam village in Pulwama district, Adil Hassan Mir and Ashraf Itoo, both from Srigufwara in Anantnag, according to news agency IANS
As per other sources, other militants holed up in a house opened fire at police and army personnel throughout a search operation at Nowshera village – around 10 kilometres from Anantnag town – on Friday morning.
Even as the encounter advancement, villagers began pelting stones at security personnel which was an attempt to let the militants escaped.
A civilian and a policeman were killed and 12 others suffered because of the injuries in the clashes which followed. Police said that while Mohammad Yusuf Rather died, his wife was taken to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences where it is declared that her condition is very critical.
In Srinagar and Anantnag, the Internet services were suspended because of the encounter.
This is the first encounter to occur between militants and security personnel after the state came under governor’s rule. Three militants were killed in the last encounter at Tral.