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Pulwama gunfight: Militants escape after killing one CRPF personnel

In the Pulwama gunfight, which had been going on since midnight came to an end with the killing of a CRPF personnel. All the three militants managed to escape.

Moreover, the owner of one of the houses which was damaged during the gunfight suffered minor injury in his shoulder. He has been identified as Bashir Ahmed.

The cops however said that the militants escaped as they took advantage of the darkness.

Reports said that the gunfight began around midnight after a joint team of 55 RR, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir and 182 Bn CRPF cordoned off Chinar bagh, Mohalla Takya in Barpora. They said a CRPF trooper injured in initial exchange of fire has succumbed. He was identified as Mandeep Kumar of 182 BN CRPF.

Two houses were damaged during the gunfight and owner of one of the houses Bashir Ahmad suffered an injury in his shoulder. Officials said Ahmad suffered a minor injury following which he was hospitalised.

“There was a possibility of collateral damage as such we had to call off the operation. The militants took advantage of the darkness and fled,” SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudary was quoted as having said.

The cops in their statement said that after receiving a specific tip of about the presence of militants inside the village, a joint team of Army, Police and CRPF began searches inside the village and as soon the search party approached towards the suspect house, the militants hiding inside fired indiscriminately due to which the house owner Bashir Ahmad sustained a shoulder injury and is stated to be stable now.

Area was immediately taken into cordon and the searches were intensified. However militants taking advantage of the darkness fled from the spot.  The operation was later called off in early morning. Besides in the initial exchange of fire, one CRPF jawan also sustained injuries and later the CRPF jawan succumbed to his injuries.

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