Kupwara: Three militants have been killed in Dardpora village of Kupwara district during an operation that started on Friday, officials said.
Army’s 28 Rashtriya Rifles battalion and police had laid a siege around a forested area in Dardpora, 15km from Kupwara town, on late Friday evening.
One of the militants had been killed yesterday when the operation started. Because of the dark the operation had been suspended and then resumed on Saturday morning.
The forces recovered the body of the deceased militant who was later identified as Abu Usama, a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant and resident of Pakistan.
Two other militants were killed on Saturday afternoon, said army spokesman Lt Col Manish, adding weapons were recovered from the spot. He said the operation has not been called off yet. The identity of the two other militants was not revealed yet.
No independent confirmation of the events leading to or during the gunfight could be made by this newspaper because the area is remote and civilians are not allowed to visit such places during anti-militancy operations.
Emotional scenes were witnessed during the burial of Usama. Local residents shouted pro-freedom slogans and paid homage to the “martyr” during his funeral.
Some mourners hurled stones at the government forces.