Srinagar: Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Monday, the army said.
An anti-militancy operation was launched in Hakura area of Anantnag district late last night following information about the presence of militants in the area, an army official said.
He said three militants were killed in the pre-dawn encounter with security forces.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anantnag Altaf Khan said that the operation was launched based on the specific inputs about the presence of some militants inside a residential house.
As the searches were intensified, some warning shots were fired towards the suspected spot, the group of militants comprising of three members tried to break the cordon and opened fire upon the joint team, theSSP said.
The fire was responded triggering off a brief exchange of the gunfight, SSP said, adding that the trio was killed in the retaliatory action.
“The bodies of the trio were recovered along with as many assault rifles,” he said, adding that the deceased belonged to Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen and Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfits.
A police spokesman said two of the slain militants were identified as Eesa Fazli of Srinagar and Syed Owais of Kokernag in Anantnag. The identity of the third militant was being ascertained.
“In the process, arms and ammunition which include AK 47 rifles, pistols, hand-grenades, etc. were recovered from the encounter site. There was no collateral damage during the operation, ” the spokesman said.
He said one of the slain militants was involved in a recent attack on a police guard post at Soura in the city, in which one police constable had been killed.