Srinagar: Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a Divisional Commander of the outfit, were Thursday killed and two soldiers received minor injuries during an encounter in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, officials said.
“Security forces launched a search operation at Buchoo village in Tral area of Pulwama following information about presence of militants there,” they said.
The house where the militants were hiding was cordoned off and they were asked to surrender, they said.
However, the militants refused to surrender and opened fire on the troops, which was retaliated. In the ensuing encounter, three militants were killed, an army spokesman said.
Reports said the encounter lasted for half an hour and army pressed a chopper into service to trace the militants.
Two troopers, including an officer, got minor injuries during the operation, the army said.
The slain militants have been identified as Adil Mir, of Dadasara Tral; Adil Shah, of Routhsana, Tral and Tariq Parray, of Laribal, Tral.
Adil Mir was a Divisional Commander of the Hizb, the army spokesman said.
Three AK rifles and some ammunition were claimed recovered from the site of the encounter.