Srinagar: Militants managed to escape after a brief fire fight in which a Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed while a policeman was injured in Beerwah area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Quoting unnamed official sources, GNS reported that there was a lull after initial gunfight and searches were launched but no contact with the militants was re-established, suggesting that they have fled away.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar, said “while the militants have managed to escape in injured condition, their blood trace has been followed to another village some two kilometres away from the encounter site.”
The area has been cordoned off, he added.
Earlier an SPO, Altaf Ahmad, was killed and a policeman identified as Manzoor Ahmad was injured in the gunfight which had ensued after a joint team of Police and Army launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Beerwah.
As soon the joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off the gunfight. (GNS)