Two militants killed, mopping operations on in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Two militants holed up in a building close to a CRPF camp in Srinagar Karan Nagar had been killed and a mopping operation was on, officials said on Tuesday, signalling an end to the gunfight that started a day earlier.

The exchange resumed at day break and the security forces were preparing for a final assault when the militants opened fire, a CRPF official had said in the morning.

The death of two militants, killed within hours of each other, takes the toll to three.

CPRF trooper Mujahid Khan was martyred and a policeman injured on Monday a few hours into the exchange that started after an alert guard foiled an attack on the paramilitary force’s camp.

At around 4am on Monday, constable Raghunath Ghait saw two heavily armed men dressed in army fatigues moving towards the camp.

He warned them but when they didn’t stop Ghait opened fire. The two men took up position in a nearby building and firing started, Ghait told HT over the phone on Monday evening.

The CRPF camp is barely 300 metres from SMHS Hospital from where a hardened Lashkar-e-Taiba man escaped on February 6 after two of the policemen escorting him lost their lives to militants.

The Pakistan-based Lashkar has claimed the Srinagar strike that coincides with the sanitisation operation in Jammu’s Sunjuwan army camp, four days after it was stormed by militants.

Six soldiers and a civilian, the father of one of the slain men, have been killed in Sunjuwan. Three militants, too, have died.

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