Two militants killed in Pulwama brief gunfight, clashes erupt

SRINAGAR, NOV 10: Two militants were killed in a brief gunfight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said today.

In the wee hours today, special operations group (SOG) of police, army’s 55 RR and paramilitary CRPF laid a siege around Tikken village of Pulwama and started a cordon and search operation on the basis of inputs suggesting presence of militants in the village, a police spokesman said in a statement.

“When the joint team started advances, militants hiding in the village opened fire upon them in a bid to escape from their dragnet. The fire was returned leading to an encounter. In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, two militants were killed,” the police spokesman said.

They were identified as Liyaqat Ahmad Wani and Wajid ul Islam of Below and Babhara villages of Pulwama district respectively.

Meanwhile Scores of people hit the streets in Main Town Pulwama when news spread about the killing of two local militants in an encounter. Angry youth threw rocks at the government forces to vent their anger against the killings.

This led to the outbreak of fierce clashes in the area. Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in the Main Town and other parts of the district to mourn the killing of the two militants. All shops and business establishments in most parts of Pulwama district.

Class work at government Degree College has also been suspended today as a ‘precautionary measure’. The authorities also snapped 2G, 3G and 4G mobile internet service in the district amid fears of escalation in the protests.