Srinagar: Three militants, four Indian armed forces personnel, a police constable and a civilian were killed in an 18-hour long gunfight in Pinglina village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.
At least nine forces’ personnel, including a brigade commander and a lieutenant colonel and a deputy inspector general of the Jammu and Kashmir police, were injured in the gun battle.
The gunfight broke out shortly after midnight in Pinglina village, about 12 km from where a suicide bomber belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed drove his explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus last week, killing 49 personnel.
An army Brigadier, lieutenant colonel, DIG South Kashmir are among the injured.
A civilian Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat (46) was also killed during the gunfight.
Sources said that there was lull for some time before fresh firing started in which the police officer of DIG rank Amit Kumar was injured and has been hospitalised.
A police officer confirmed about the injury suffered by the DIG and said that he has received a bullet wound in his left thigh.
The officer said that the condition of the DIG is said to be stable.
An army spokesman also confirmed the death of four soldiers including an officer of Major rank. He said that the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants are being ascertained.
The gunfight broke out at Monday morning after a joint team of army’s 55 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation following a “credible inputs” about the presence of two to three militants in the area. Massive clashes are also going on near the encounter site, the official said.
A source said that all the injured have been airlifted to 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar for treatment.