Militant killed, army officer wounded in gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Other News Materials 9 July 2011 17:09 (UTC +04:00)

A militant was killed and an Indian army officer was wounded Saturday in a fierce gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said, Xinhua reported.

The gunfight between militants and contingents of Indian army and police broke out Friday evening in Bongam-Hanjan of district Pulwama, 45 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Police said the gunfight broke out after contingents of army and police cordoned off the area on specific intelligence inputs suggesting presence of militants.

"In the gunfight, one militant has been killed so far, while an Indian army officer of the rank of Major was wounded," said a police spokesman. "The firing between two sides stopped during the night but resumed early this morning."

The gunfight in the village is underway and army reinforcements were rushed in to take on militants and block their escape routes.

Reports pouring in from the area said militants have taken shelter in a residential house, where they are firing on army and police personnel.

The wounded officer was removed to hospital for medical treatment.

Police is yet to divulge the details about the number of militants holed up in the area. Even the identify of the slain militant was not ascertained.

"Once the gunfight ends, complete details will be given," said a police officer posted in Pulwama.

On Wednesday, nine Indian policemen were wounded after militants triggered an improvised explosive device outside a police station in volatile Sopore town of Baramulla district, around 50km northwest of Srinagar city.

Militants first fired a grenade at a police station, which landed in its premises without causing damage. Following the attack, when policemen came out on the road, an improvised explosive device (IED) planted nearby was triggered, resulting in nine policemen injuries.

Gunfight between militants and Indian army in Indian-controlled Kashmir takes place intermittently.