SRINAGAR, March 3 - Two militants, five security personnel, including a CRPF officer, and a civilian were killed in a 56-hour encounter in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Sunday.
A police spokesman said the operation at Babagund area took time as it posed considerable difficulties to the security forces due to the topography of the area.
Two militants were killed by security forces in the encounter which began on Friday morning. The bodies of both the militants were recovered from the site of the encounter and their identities and affiliations were being ascertained.
CRPF jawan Sham Narayan Singh Yadav, who was injured in the exchange of fire on Friday, succumbed to injuries on Sunday, taking the number of security forces� fatalities to five.
Two CRPF personnel, Inspector Pintu and Constable Vinod, and two policemen, Selection Grade Constables Naseer Ahmad and Ghulam Mustafa Barah, were killed on Friday, the spokesman said.
A civilian, Waseem Ahmad Mir, also sustained a bullet injury and later succumbed at a hospital on Friday.
The encounter had begun when security forces launched a search operation in Babagund, following information about the presence of militants there.
�The area where the terrorists were hiding was very congested and civilians in the adjoining houses had to be evacuated to safer places away from the site of encounter,� the spokesperson said. Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site.
Police have registered a case in this matter and the incriminating materials have been taken in case records for further investigation. The spokesman urged people not to go near the encounter zone as there could be stray explosives. � PTI