Srinagar: Three Hizbul Mujahideen
militants were on Thursday killed in an encounter with security
forces in Jammu and Kashmir`s Shopian district.
"Three militants have been killed and searches
are going on at the scene of the gunbattle," Superintendent of
Police Shopian Shahid Mehraj said.
Acting on credible inputs about presence of militants,
a joint team of Army`s 53 Rashtriya Rifles, 44 Rashtriya
Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of local police
launched a cordon-and-search operation at Chewan in Keller
area of Shopian district, 70 kms from here, officials said.
They said the militants were asked to surrender but
they opened indiscriminate firing at the security forces, who
retaliated, triggering off a fierce gun battle.
All the three militants hiding in the area were killed
this morning, the officials said.
According to preliminary investigation, the slain
ultras were identified as Shabir Ahmad, Arif Ahmad (both
residents of Rajouri in Jammu division) and Jan Khan, a
resident of Keller area, they said.
The militants were affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen
outfit, the officials said.