Srinagar: Three terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit were Saturday killed in an encounter with security forces in a forest area of Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, a police official said.
While two of the militants were killed this morning, another took shelter inside a cave and was finally killed after several hours of gunbattle in Tral, about 36 kilometres from Srinagar, the official said.
The police official added that bodies of all the three militants and their weapons were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle which started early this morning when security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation after receiving an information about presence of militants there.
He said though the identity of the deceased militants was being ascertained, they belonged to JeM outfit. "The killing of the militants is a major setback for the outfit which is trying to revive its activities in the valley," the official said.
An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Tral area of Pulwama district in Kashmir on Saturday, police said. Security forces launched a search operation in Satoora forest area of Tral on information about the presence of some militants there, a police official said.
He said security forces faced stone-pelting during the operation but exercised maximum restrain while dealing with it.
Some people indulged in stone-pelting and tried to march towards the encounter scene to help the militants escape but were chased away by the security forces, the official said, adding there was no report of any casualty among the civilians.
Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have killed as many as 102 terrorists this year, making it the highest number of killings in the January-July period in seven years, a police official said on Friday. The security forces are going after terrorists as part of operation "hunt down" and on the basis of a "hit list" of terrorists, said the official who refused to be identified.
Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 19:30 PM