Jammu and Kashmir: The Jammu and Kashmir Police informed that one of the three militants who had fired at two persons on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur district before escaping, was killed on Thursday night.
During the firing incident, three security men were also injured. A gunfight had erupted in the Kakriyal area where the militants had holed up in a house in Reasi district on Thursday.
Police spokesperson further said that apart from one terrorist killed so far, a deputy superintendent of police and two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers have been injured in the counter-insurgency operation.
A joint team of the Army, Police, and CRPF used drones, helicopters and other surveillance gadgets over the bushy forests of Jhajar and adjoining areas in order to tack the militants.
It may be mentioned that on Wednesday last, the three terrorists who were on a truck attacked a check-post in Jhajar Kotli area of Udhampur injuring a CRPF trooper and a forest guard on the spot. They abandoned the vehicle and vanished into the bushes. “They were finally tracked down to a house in Kakriyal area near Mata Vaishno Devi University on Thursday,” the police spokesman said.
The villagers were promptly evacuated from the area as the final assault on the militants was mounted.
According to a local villager, at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday the three armed militants carrying haversacks entered his home, changed their clothes, took biscuits and water and left.
In order to keep collateral damage and civilian casualty minimum, schools and other organizations were closed on Thursday so as to the security officials could operate in a hassle-free environment.
After the operation, police recovered one AK-47 rifle and three magazines.