Pulawama terror cell hit

Pulawama terror cell hit
Reinforcement security personnel arrive during a gun-battle with militants at Pinglan area of Pulwama in South Kashmir on Monday. (PTI)
SRINAGAR, FEB 18 (PTI): | Publish Date: 2/18/2019 12:03:12 PM IST

3 JeM terrorists, 5 securitymen dead; DIG, Brig. among injured

Three JeM terrorists, including two top commanders believed to be behind the Pulwama terror attack, were killed in a fierce 16-hour encounter, in which an Army major and four security forces personnel lost their lives in south Kashmir on Monday.
A civilian died in crossfire during the gun battle in Pinglan area of Pulwama district, 12 km from the spot of February 14 attack on CRPF personnel which claimed the lives of 40 jawans, officials said.
DIG of Police (South Kashmir) Amit Kumar, a Brigadier, a Lt. Colonel, a Major and four other ranks of Army unit which carried out the operation suffered injuries, they said.
Two of the slain terrorists were identified as Kamran and Abdul Rasheed alias Ghazi. The third one was Hilal, a resident of Pinglena in Pulwama, they said.
A police spokesman said that all the three terrorists were wanted by law enforcement agencies for their involvement in a series of terror crimes, including attacks on security establishments, and civilian atrocities. Kamran had taken over as operational commander of JeM after Mufti Waqas, who was killed in an encounter in February last year, spokesman said.
The soldiers killed in action were identified as Major V S Dhondial, Havaldar Sheo Ram and Sepoys Hari Singh and Ajay Kumar. Head constable Abdul Rashid Kalas of Jammu and Kashmir was also killed.
Giving details, the officials said that an input was received from the police about presence of Jaish terrorists in the area. Immediately, operation was initiated and a house-to-house search was being conducted in the area.
As the process was going on, terrorists fired at the army party that resulted in the death of the major and other personnel in the early hours of Monday. Thereafter, forces concentrated on the house from where the firing was coming and killed two of them -- Kamran and Hilal.
As the mopping up exercise was continuing, the third militant started firing, resulting in injuries to other personnel, they said.
Ghazi continued to move from house to house and carried out surprise attacks that resulted in injuries to the DIG and the Brigade Commander as well as another Major.
The Army paid tributes to the fallen soldiers at a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment, headquarters of the 15 Corps here.
Their mortal remains were flown to their native places for the last rites.

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