Srinagar: Three militants, one of them
belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen, were killed Saturday in separate
gunfights with security forces who busted three ultra hideouts
seizing 60-kg explosives besides a huge cache of arms in Jammu
Two militants were killed in a fierce gunbattle with
security forces in Shah Nagri Forest in Handwara, some 80-km
from summer capital Srinagar, officials said.
Security forces, acting on a specific information that
some militants were hiding there, cordoned off the area, they
As the troops zeroed in on the militants, they opened
fire triggering a gunfight in which two ultras were killed.
The identity and group affiliations of the slain ultras
were yet to be ascertained, the officials said.
A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed and a policeman
wounded in the exchange of fire between security forces and
ultras at Mahore in Jammu division`s Reasi district.
The gunbattle, in which a police constable was wounded,
was still on as another militant was believed to be trapped in
the area, police said.
The injured policeman was airlifted to Jammu city for
In another encounter at Kakote in Doda district last
night, police head constable Abdul Rashid was injured.
The militants escaped under the cover of darkness, the
officials said adding a hunt had been launched to apprehend
Security forces busted three ultra hideouts in the
valley and seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition, the
Sixty 60 kgs of explosives, 17 grenades, a rifle, seven
detonators and 37 gelatine sticks were recovered when a LeT
hideout was smashed in Kishtwar district.
The hideout was located in a cave in Nadigam forest
area, 270-km from Jammu, the officials said.
A hideout each was smashed in Tral belt in southern
Pulwama and in Kangan area in Ganderbal district.
The seizure included two rifles, five rockets, several
hand grenades, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), an IED
fitted on a gas cylinder, a Pak-made pistol and an AK magazine
with 14 rounds.
Hizbul militants barged into a house at Akhal village,
45-km from Srinagar, last night and shot dead a 27-year-old
The brother of the deceased was a Hizbul militant who
had surrendered before security forces last year.
He was killed to apparently avenge the surrender of