3 militants killed in south Kashmir’s Kulgam

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Srinagar: Three militants on Sunday were killed by the government forces in a gun-battle in Khodweni area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Acting on a specific information, army, Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and CRPF laid a siege around Khodweni chowk in the wee hours Sunday, a senior police official told Kashmir Reader. When the joint team started searches, he said, the militants hiding in a residential house opened indiscriminate fire upon them.

“The fire was returned triggering off an encounter. In the exchange of fire, three militants were killed,” the officer said.

He said the bodies of all the three slain militants have been recovered from the spot. Some arms and ammunition have also been recovered, he added.

The slain militants have been identified as Mudasir Ahmad Dar of Shalipora, Umer Rashid of Khudwani and Abu Maviya of Pakistan. All slain militants were associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit.

Earlier, Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid claimed that the militants trapped in the area were responsible for killing a police constable on Saturday.

Constable Muhammad Saleem Shah was found dead with bullet marks in in Ghaat area of Khodweni on Saturday. A trainee police constable, Shah was killed by unidentified gunmen, a day after he was abducted from his home in Motelhama village of the district.

Meanwhile, internet service has been snapped in the area after groups of youth tried to hold protests. More details emerging