Kulgam encounter: Slain Jaish militant identified as Babar Bhai of Pak, was active simce 2018, says police

Police constable killed; 3 injured soliers, two civilians stable, Operation was conducted in civilian population area’

Umaiser Gul Ganaie

Kulgam, Jan 13 (KNO): Jammu and Kashmir police Thursday said that the slain Jaish-e-Muhammad militant in Kulgam emcounter last night has been identified as Babar Bhai of Pakistan who was active since 2018 and an AK riffle, a pistol and two grenades were recovered from him.

A police official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that last evening at about 6 PM, the Security Forces got human intelligence about presence of militanysin general area Sehpura, Kulgam. “A joint operation of Indian Army and JKP was launched. Suspected houses were cordoned, as the security forces were carrying out house to house searches at about 8.45 PM, while searching a house, a militant opened fire with AK and lobbed a grenade.

Since the area and house had civilians, the security forces exercised restraint to first evacuate the civilians. In the process one JKP Constable Rohit was killed, three soldiers and two civilians were injured,” he said.

The official said that the injured, including the civilians were evacuated to 92 BH, including evacuation of one of the civilian by Army helicopter. All the injured are stable. War like stores were recovered from the encounter site,” the official said—(KNO).

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