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Encounter near Srinagar over; militant flees after injuring 8 cops

Last updated on: October 03, 2013 12:01 IST

Encounter near Srinagar over; militant flees after injuring 8 cops

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Mukhtar Ahmad

A Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant who had been holed up inside a house at Ahmadnagar in the outskirts of Srinagar seems to have managed to evade the police cordon.

Eight policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector, were injured in the operation, which saw security forces surrounding the Ahmadnagar area on Wednesday evening on specific information about the presence of a militant commander in a house.

“As the police and Central Reserve Police Force troopers were laying the cordon, the hiding militant hurled grenades and engaged them in intermittent gunfire during which he managed his escape taking cover of darkness,” a senior police officer said.

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Image: Local residents inspect the house where the militant was reportedly hiding
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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Mukhtar Ahmad

“Searches are continuing in the area. We had specific information about a Lashkar commander hiding in a house on which we launched the operation.”

The injured policemen were shifted to the SKIMS hospital, where the condition of one constable was stated to be critical.

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Image: A CRPF armoured vehicle near the operation site
Photographs: Umar Ganie

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