2 militants hiding in mosque killed in Pampore using ‘teargas only’; toll 3
Srinagar, June 19 (GNS): Two militants who had taken shelter inside a mosque have been killed at Meej Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Friday.
“Two (militants) hiding in the mosque have also been neutralised by the operation party. With this, all three (militants) trapped at Meez Pampore are neutralized,” Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told GNS.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar said that there was no use of firing or IED as the joint team of police, army and CRPF exhibited a great degree of “professionalism.”
“Patience and professionalism worked. No use of firing and IED. Used tear smoke shells only. Both militates hiding inside mosque have been neutralized,” the IGP Kashmir said, adding, “Maintained sanctity of the mosque.”
A joint team of Police, Army’s 50RR and CRPF had launched a joint-cordon-and-search operation on Thursday. As they moved towards the ‘target area’, the militants opened fire, which on retaliation triggering off a firefight. One militant was killed in the initial phase of the gunfight, officials said. “The operation was suspended due to darkness late last night,” they said, adding, “At the first light today, the operation was resumed.”
The mobile internet services remained suspended in the district as a precautionary measure, the officials said.
Meanwhile, with regarding to the operation at Munand Shopian, the DGP said that one militant was neutralized. “More expected. Search of the area has been started,” he added. (GNS)