Poonch: One policeman was killed and another injured during an encounter with three terrorists in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
- 1 policeman killed, another injured in encounter with terrorists
- Terrorists were holed up in under-construction government building
- Terrorists fired on policemen when they were being surrounded
The encounter that started after police received information about the presence of heavily-armed terrorists in an under construction government building in the outskirts of Poonch city.
As the police laid a cordon around the building, they came under heavy firing resulting in the death of a policeman and injuries to a sub inspector of the police.
An elderly couple, who was held hostage by terrorists, was also rescued, Deputy Inspector General Rajouri-Poonch range, Johny Willian said.
The terrorists were holding Haji Nazir Mir and his wife Mumtaz Mir hostage.
Haji Nazir Mir is a cousin of the Congress lawmaker and Deputy chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Jahangir Hussain Mir.
All terrorists were neutralised after an intense gunbattle that ended around 7:15 in the evening, police said.
In another encounter near the Line of Control in Nowgam Sector, in north Kashmir, the Army has killed four terrorists.