Srinagar: A Special Police Officer (SPO) and a terrorist affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramullah district in the first gun battle since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution. The overnight killings took place during a search operation following a tip-in Ganie-Hamam area, an official statement said on Wednesday. The security forces were fired at by hiding terrorists, triggering the gun battle in which SPO Bilal Ahmad and Sub-Inspector Amardeep Parihar were injured, it said.
Ahmad succumbed to his injuries while Parihar was warded at the Army hospital. “We pay our rich tributes to Martyr Bilal who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.” The terrorist was identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla. “The killed terrorist was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and was wanted for his complicity in a series of terror crimes.’’ (IANS)