A gunfight broke out between terrorists and security forces in Bilalabad village of Tral area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.
The top cop of J&K police confirming the exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces, said, “ An operation launched by Awantipur police and exchange of fire started at Bilalabad Tral. Awantipur Police and local SF unit on the job. This is the second encounter in the last 24 hrs and third in the last 48 hrs. Earlier during the day Bijbehara operation culminated with the killing of two terrorists responsible for the killing of a CRPF jawan and a child 3 days ago.“
Police officials said that a joint team of police, 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), and Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon and search operation on specific information gathered by the police about the presence of militants in the area.
He said that as the joint team of forces cordoned the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists were first asked to surrender but they fired upon the search party, who retaliated, therefore triggering an encounter.
Kashmir police zone twitted, “Encounter has started at #Bilalabad area of #Tral. JKP and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow @JmuKmrPolice“
As per the sources, two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped in the area.
This is the second encounter of the day and third in the last 48 hours in South Kashmir. Five terrorists were killed in the last two encounters at the Waghama Bijbehara area of Anantnag and Khull Chohar ranipora Anantnag. 48 terrorists killed in June, is the highest tally since terrorism broke in Jammu Kashmir.
The total number of killed terrorists in Kashmir is 116 and 128 in Jammu and Kashmir.