Chief of the Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), Burhan Koka, is believed to be among the three militants killed in an overnight gunfight in southern Kashmir on Wednesday, 29 April.
Officers in the Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces confirmed death of “three unidentified militants” in an encounter at Melhora village in Shopian district, 50 kilometres from Srinagar. They also said that one Army Major and two civilians, including a woman from the family of one militant, were injured during the encounter. They, however, remained tight-lipped about identification and the group affiliation of the three militants.
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Rajesh Kalia, spokesperson at headquarters 15 Corps in Srinagar, told The Quint that two terrorists had been killed, and the operation was in progress. However, well-placed sources in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who are not authorised to speak to media, said that all three militants had been killed, and the operation was over. They said that one Major sustained injuries and he was rushed to a military hospital.
A woman from Koka’s family sustained a gunshot wound in her leg. She was rushed to the Bone and Joint Hospital and subsequently referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar. One person, who sustained pellet injuries, was also rushed to SMHS Hospital.