25 hour long Kashmir capital gun fight ends with the killing of...

25 hour long Kashmir capital gun fight ends with the killing of two militants, a trooper

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Neyaz Elahi

Srinagar: The 25 hours long gun battle in the heart of Srinagar city ended with the killing of both the militants.

The gunfight had erupted in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar city on Monday morning when Para-military troopers foiled a possible Fidayeen attack forcing militants to enter into an under constructed building near Karan Nagar based CRPF camp.

CRPF on Monday claimed that two armed militants tried to sneak into their camp in Karan Nagar during the dead of the night, however, the security guard shortly after observing their movement fired upon them.

The incident occured at 4:30 of Monday morning. The gun shots created panic in the area while combined forces launched a search operation and established contact with the militants during morning hours.

An official said that 2 militants carrying pithu bags and armed with AK 47 approached towards 23 Battalion CRPF camp in Karan Nagar. However, Sentry observed their movement and immediately opened fire. The militants entered into an under constructed building.

In wake of the gunfight authorities suspended high speed internet service while restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city to thwart possible protests.

During the initial exchange of fire yesterday, an Indian trooper Mujahid Khan was killed while a local policeman had also suffered injuries.

Sources said that government forces used rocket launcher grenades to blast the building, however, they failed in their attempt.

Inspector General CRPF Zulufkar Hasan said that they exercised restraint to avoid loss of life and property.

The gun fight that resumed today resulted in the death of two militants, said an official adding that combing operation was launched in and around the encounter site.

The identity of the militants has not been ascertained yet, but sources said that both the militants are locals hailing from South Kashmir.