Srinagar: Five militants including a Hizb commander have been killed in Chowgam village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district after a fierce gunfight with government forces started during a nocturnal search operation, sources said on Saturday.
“Five militants have been killed and warlike stores recovered,” army PRO Col Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader adding “the operation is over.”
Earlier government forces launched an operation in Chowgam village of Qazigund area after input about the presence of militants, police sources said.
The hiding militants opened fire on forces triggering a fierce gunfight.
Sources said that the gunfight started during the past night and lasted till today.
Forces blasted the house in which militants were holding up killing three of them early today, sources said.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that there was a long lull after some blasts in the area however firing resumed after forces started searching for bodies.
The firing according to sources ended only when the remaining two militants were killed including a Hizbul Mujahideen commander.