A senior police officer told GNS that the BJP leader Mohammad Anwar Khan along with his two PSOs was sacked upon by the militants at Balhama near Arash Medical College and tried to snatch service rifles from them.
Additional security forces and state police personnel had been deployed at Pampore and Awantipora on the highway to prevent any law and order problem. The encounter broke out on late Thursday night at Balhama area of Khonmoh in the outskirts of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. His personal security officer Bilal Ahmed was injured in the attack, the police said. The doctors looking after the injured jawan said that the CRPF jawan was stable.
Soon army, CRPF, and SOG rushed to the area and cordoned off the entire as they intensified the searches, the militants hiding in the area fired upon joint team ensuing a gunbattle which was going on when this report was filed.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in what ultimately became one of his last public statements before being fired. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said May's actions were a "just response" to the attack.
He said a fresh advisory was received from police this morning to suspend all train runs in south Kashmir.
Work was also affected in government offices and banks besides educational institutions as second militant killed in the encounter was identified as Shabir Dar, a resident of of Awantipora. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.