At least eight security force personnel were injured on Friday after militants hurled a grenade in Jammu-Kashmir’s Tral town. The incident happened in Court Road area of the town located in Pulwama district in south Kashmir.
The militants also fired at the security force personnel comprising a joint party of the state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
“Eight security force personnel were injured. The area has been cordoned off for searches. The injured have been shifted to a hospital,” a police officer said.
The attack came on a day when security forces killed four terrorists belonging to Islamic State in an encounter in Anantnag’s Srigufwara area. The incident also left a police officer and a civilian dead besides injuries to many others.
The terrorists have been identified as Dawood Ahmad Sofi, Majid Manzoor Dar, Aadil Rehman Bhat and Mohammad Ashraf Itoo.
The policeman belonged to the special operations group (SOG) of the J-K police. He has been identified as Ashiq Hussain.
The terrorists opened fire at security forces when the latter were conducting a cordon and search operation in the area located in south Kashmir.
The gunfight is the first major operation launched since the state came under Governor’s Rule. On 20 June, the day the state came under Governor’s Rule, security personnel from the police, CRPF and Indian Army killed three terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants in Tral area of Pulwama district.
On 18 June, security forces had neutralised four terrorists in Bandipora immediately after the end of the Ramzan ceasefire.
Meanwhile, Governor NN Vohra on Wednesday directed security forces to ramp up anti-terrorist operations in the state during the Amarnath Yatra, the route of which passes through militancy hotbed of south Kashmir. The Yatra begins on 28 June and will continue for 60 days.