An Indian Army personnel was martyred and a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist was eliminated during an encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu & Kashmir's Doda district on Sunday. The operation was still underway at the time of writing this report.
A gun battle ensued after militants encountered the security personnel during an anti-terrorism operation in Posta-Potra village in Gundana area.
An Indian Army soldier was critically injured after he came under indiscriminate firing from holed up terrorists. He later succumbed to gunshot wounds while being evacuated to a hospital, officials told PTI.
The joint operation led by the Indian Army's Rashtriya Rifles counter-insurgency unit, J&K Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was launched on Saturday night based on information that that two suspected terrorists were holed up inside a house in the area.
The search parties came under fire from the militants as the former moved towards the target. The security personnel retaliated and later reinforcements were rushed to the site of the encounter.
The terrorist killed on Sunday in Doda is believed to be an associate of Wani. He was reportedly identified as one Aufaaq.
Hizbul commander Haroon Abbas Wani was gunned down by security personnel on January 15. Earlier in May, two terrorists of the Pakistan-based outfit were arrested. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized during the raid in the district.
This is the second encounter between security forces and militants in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory (UT) this year.
The security forces ramped up counter-insurgency operations in the Valley after a commanding officer of 21 Rashtriya Rifles, Colonel Ashutosh Sharma was killed during an anti-terrorism operation in J&K's Handwara in the first week of May.