Militant killed in J&K gunfight

Uri encounter Fourth Jaish-e Mohammed terrorist gunned down by security forces

According to media reports, three to four militant are still engaged in gunfight with the security forces in the area. "The area has been cordoned and the encounter is on".

The exchange of fire began at around 2 am when searches were being carried out in the village situated closer to Uri-Kaman road.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting. While three Pakistani militants were killed yesterday, the body of the fourth militant was recovered near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Monday morning. Defence sources said that the combing operation would continue for more time. "Before that the police and army got the information (and launched the operation)", he said. The slain terrorists have not been identified nor has their affiliation been ascertained.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Uri, Dr Mohammad Ramzan, said that two civilians were brought to SDH Uri with splinter injuries and were now in stable condition at the hospital.

Colonel Singh said on September 23 evening, they had received information that militants roaming in the area and planning 2016-type fidayeen attack on army installations. They (infiltrators) had similar plan. Though the police did not reveal the identity of the killed militants and their affiliation, they said they were foreign nationals. The attack left 19 soldiers dead. He further said that the Army foiled a major terrorist attempt in Baramulla district in the early hours of September 24.

On September 18 a year ago, militants stormed the Brigade headquarters in Uri after cutting the fence and killed 19 soldiers in one of the worst militant attacks in valley. "The local mosque was cleared by police keeping sensitivity of the people in mind", he said.

"There were 15 policemen and CRPF in the bulletproof bunker vehicle when the grenade landed inside". "A major terrorist attack was averted".

DGP SP Vaid told India today " The trio were part of suicide attack who wanted to unleash an Uri style attack". But we are alert to foil such attacks, " Vaid said.

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