Deadly gunfight between police and rebels in Kashmir

At least three fighters were killed and a policeman sustained injuries during a gunfight between rebels and security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said on Friday.

“So far three terrorists have been gunned down,” a Jammu and Kashmir police spokesperson told Al Jazeera. “One policeman was also injured in the gunfight.”

Police said the gun battle triggered early on Friday morning at around 5:00am (local time) after police intercepted a Srinagar-bound goods truck near toll plaza in Nagrota on the outskirts of southern city of Jammu.

The rebels on board the truck fired on police triggering an encounter, police said.

A senior police officer said that as of now the gunfight has stopped but we have cordoned the area and search operation is going on.

“We are searching the area to check if there might be a fourth terrorist as well,” said Mukesh Singh, Inspector General of Police Jammu.

Authorities have suspended traffic on the main road in wake of the firing.

Local media reported that as a precautionary measure, authorities also ordered closure of schools in Nagrota.

Bilal Kuchay contributed to this report from New Delhi

 

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

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