Jammu And Kashmir: Terrorist Gunned Down in Pulwama Encounter
File image of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir (Photo credit: IANS)

Srinagar, October 13: A terrorist was gunned down by security forces in an encounter that took place in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The gunfight broke out in the wee hours of Saturday after security forces launched a search operation in Babgund area. During the operation, security forces were attacked, and a terrorist was killed in retaliatory fire. A cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the spot.

In a separate incident last night, a policeman was martyed in an attack by terrorists at Warpora in the outskirts of Sopore. The martyred cop was identified as Javid Ahmed. On Friday, a soldier and two porters were injured in a landmine explosion on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. They were evacuated to the Command Hospital for treatment.

"The three sustained superficial injuries when a mine went off near an anti-infiltration obstacle system on the LoC in Krishnaghati Sector in Poonch district," Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told news agency IANS. Meanwhile, polling for third phase of urbal local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir was underway on Saturday.

Polling began at 6:00 am and is slated to end at 4:00 pm. A total of 372 candidates are in the fray for 207 wards up for grabs in the third phase of urban local body elections in the state. The overall voter turnout in the first phase of local body elections was 56.7 per cent, while in the second phase, overall turnout was 30 per cent.

In the fourth and final phase of local body elections on October 16, 132 wards will be contested. The counting of votes is slated for October 20, when the results will be announced.