Published On: Tue, Feb 12th, 2019

Soldier martyred, terrorist killed in J&K’s Pulwama gunfight

Srinagar: In a fierce encounter with security forces in Pulwama district early on Tuesday morning, a soldier was martyred and a terrorist killed.

One terrorist has been killed and one soldier has been martyred in this operation

Confirming the report, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the operation against the terrorists in Ratnipora village had ended.

“One terrorist has been killed and one soldier has been martyred in this operation,” he said, adding that a weapon was recovered from the slain terrorist.

Earlier reports quoting police sources said two soldiers were killed in the gunfight and that one was injured.

The injured soldiers were taken to the Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Badamibagh cantonment area of Srinagar.

The neutralised terrorist has been identified as Hilal Ahmad Rather, a local Kashmiri associated with Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit.

Police sources said Hilal Ahmed Rather joined the Hizbul as an active terrorist after he was spotted in a CCTV footage helping the escape of Naveed Jatt, a Pakistani LeT terrorist, from Srinagar’s SMHS hospital on February 6, 2018.

The encounter in Ratnipora village began on Tuesday when a group of terrorists fired at the security forces.

A police official said that in the initial firing exchanges, three soldiers were injured. They were immediately shifted to Army hospital, said the official.

As a precautionary measure, Internet services in the district were suspended, added the official.

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