A 44-year-old woman was killed today after she was caught in an exchange of fire between security forces and militants in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the officials, the woman named Tahira sustained injuries during the encounter and was rushed to the district hospital, but she could not be saved.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag early today after they received information about the presence of militants, including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander there, a police official said.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, involved in the killing of six policemen last month, was among the four ultras trapped in the security forces’ cordon.
“Bashir Lakshari and three terrorists are trapped in the security forces cordon in village Brenti in Anantnag. The trapped ultras were involved in the killing of an SHO and five other policemen in Achabal area of south Kashmir on June 16,” a police spokesman said.
On June 16, SHO Feroz Ahmed and five other policemen were killed on the outskirts of Anantnag district.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brenti-Batpora in Anantnag early today after they received information about the presence of the militants, a police official said.
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces. A police spokesman said the militants were using civilians as human shields and that efforts were on to rescue them. The operation was still on.
(With PTI inputs)