Srinagar: Three hardcore militants belonging to the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed in two separate encounters in Sopore area of north Kashmir late on Thursday.
One security personnel was also killed in gun-battle between the security forces and the militant, which is still continuing on Friday.
According to reports, a joint operation of the Army and other security agencies was launched at two places in Sopore area of Baramulla district, 55 km from Srinagar, since Wednesday night.
The operation was launched following a tip off about the presence of militants in the area, who might had sneaked recently after upper reaches received heavy snowfall.
The security forces’ first encounter with militants took place at Cherhaar forest area.
Besides the Sopore police, the Army’s 27 RR and special forces of 9 Para participated in the operation in the forest area of Cherhaar.
One army jawan also received injuries in the cross-firing.
The second encounter with militants took place in Sopore where two ultras were killed after they opened fire on security forces at Mundgaji area.
The operation is still on despite poor weather as the security forces believe more LeT militants might be hiding in the forest area here.
It has been raining since morning in the valley.
Militants sneak into residential areas once upper reaches are snowed. Every year during winters, there is increase in encounter between militants and security forces in the hinterland.
With Agency Input