Srinagar: The 19-hour gun-battle between militants and security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir ended on Thursday afternoon with the killing of a holed-up ultra, taking the number of militants killed to two.
Divisional Commander of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit Altaf Baba alias 'Gazi Baba' was killed in the encounter on Wednesday, while his associate Mohammad Abbass Nengroo was shot dead today, police said.
The gunbattle broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Rajpora area of the district when a foot patrol of 44 Rashtriya Rifles came under firing from the militants.
A police spokesman said the self-styled Divisional Commander of JeM was killed in the gun-battle. His body was retrieved from the encounter site early morning and handed over to his family.
Negroo, who was hiding in the area, opened fire on the security search party at around 4 am after a night-long lull, triggering a fresh gun-battle which led to his killing, the spokesman said.
He said security forces had maintained a tight cordon around the militants throughout the night to prevent them from escaping.
Meanwhile, five policemen were injured when their vehicle turned turtle while dealing with protests by residents of Pulwama town, sources said.
They said a group of people, protesting the killing of the militants, pelted stones at the police party due to which the driver of the vehicle lost control. The cops fired a few rounds in the air to disperse the mob, the sources said.


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