Militant, SPO killed in encounter in Baramulla

A militant and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were killed while a Sub-inspector was injured in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in Ganie-Hamam area, he said.

During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party.

The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter, he added.

In the exchange of fire two policemen sustained injuries identified a SPO Bilal Ahmad and SI Amardeep Parihar, the spokesman said.

SPO Ahmad succumbed to injuries while SI Parihar has been admitted to the Army hospital, he said.

"We pay our rich tributes to martyr Bilal who made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty," the spokesman said.

In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist was killed and the body was retrieved from the site of encounter, he said.