Qayoom Khan 
Srinagar, July 15: Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were killed in a day-long gunfight at Saturday forests of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.
A police official said that acting upon specific information, forces launched a search operation in Saturday forest area of Tral. He said as the searches were underway, militants hiding in a cave opened fire which was returned, ensuing an encounter.
The exchange of fire between the two sides continued throughout the day and helicopters were also pressed into service by army to kill the militants. Sources said that the militants were using the cave as their hideout. Initially, two militants were killed in the firing and later one third one was also killed.
Sources identified the three militants as Parvez Ahmad Wani of Pahoo Pulwama, Mukhtar Ahmad Lone of Harpura, Ameerabad Tral and Hassan Bhai of Pakistan. Three AK 47 rifles, 1 UBGL, 13 magazines of AK and one radio set was recovered from the slain militants. The searches in the forest area and the cave were going on when reports last came in.
Earlier in the day, when news about the encounter at Satura forest spread, locals in the Satura village and in Tral town took to streets and staged protests. They also clashed with government forces. Six persons were reported injured in these clashes. Reports said that the internet services have also been suspended in the area as “precautionary measure”.(GNS)
CRPF ASI injured in Kulgam blast 
A paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) officer was injured in a grenade blast at Kulgam district of south Kashmir Saturday late afternoon while suspected grenade hurler was held on the spot.
Police said that a grenade was lobbed by militants on a joint naka party of police and CRPF at Laroo in Kulgam district near Grid Station. The grenade exploded with a bang and a CRPF ASI sustained minor splinter injuries. He was rushed to hospital for treatment.
Soon after the attack, forces said they managed to nab a person suspected to be grenade hurler. He was thrashed and taken into custody for interrogation, sources added. The security was tightened in the area after the attack.(GNS)