Security forces achieved a major success on Friday when they gunned-down two top Lashkar-e-Toiba militants who were involved in the July 28 grenade attack on the tourist bus at Zurpora-Bijbhera in which four women from Mumbai were killed.
An army major, captain and a policeman were injured in the encounter. Seven civilians were also wounded in the security forces’ ‘firing’ on a mob that allegedly attacked the ambulance in which the injured soldiers were being taken to hospital.
The police said two local militants — Imtiyaz Ahmed Teli alias Fahadullah Kashmiri and Mohammad Aamir Bhat alias Khalid alias Khursheed — were killed in a fierce encounter at village Bubgam, Asthan Mohalla in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
The police said acting on a tip off, a contingent of Srinagar Police, Pulwama Police, along with 55 Rashtriya Riffles and 182 battalion of CRPF, launched a joint operation in village Bubgam to flush out the militants. However, ultras present in the village fired on the search party, triggering an encounter in which two militants were killed.
“Teli alias Fahadullah Kashmiri and Mohammad Aamir Bhat alias Khalid were involved in the grenade attack in Bijbehara in which four women tourist were killed in July this year. Teli was also involved in the grenade attack at Narwal in November in which one person had died and five others were injured,” said Vijay Kumar, deputy inspector general of police.
It may be recalled here that on July 28, a massive blast ripped through a tourist bus which was on the way to the health resort of Pahalgam, leaving three women from Mumbai dead on spot and five others injured at Zuripora village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir. A day later, another woman succumbed to her injuries in the hospital taking the toll to four.
Meanwhile, the security forces fired on the mob that allegedly attacked the ambulance which was carrying the injured soldiers to the hospital. Seven civilians were injured in the incident.
“When the army Major was being evacuated for treatment, a mob attacked the ambulance by hurling stones. In the retaliatory action, seven persons suffered injuries. Six of the injured were shifted to SMHS hospital while seventh injured was admitted in Bone and Joints Hospital for treatment,” a police spokesman said.