3 militants killed in encounter in Pulwama

3 militants killed in encounter in Pulwama

3 militants killed in encounter in Pulwama

"During the patrol three militants were found right outside a house and they were killed in an operation", Inspector general of police Muneer Ahmed Khan told AFP. "The security forces retaliated, leading to an encounter, which claimed lives of three terrorists from Zakir Musa group", the sources informed Mirror.

The entire area has been cordoned off and the security forces are engaging with the terrorists.

The IGP revealed that all the three were local militants and that two had joined militancy in 2015 and one in 2016.

Meanwhile, youth of the area took to roads and clashed with security personnel near the encounter site.

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A police officer later confirmed that a teenager struck by pellets fired by security forces died in hospital from his injuries.

The slain militants were identified as Zahid Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Ishaq Bhat and Mohammad Ashraf Dar. "Both Ishaq and Zahid were involved in a firing incident at Tral market, resulting in injuries to three persons".

Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was recently named by Al Qaeda as head of its Kashmir cell named, "Ansar Ghazwatul Hind". "We will issue a detailed statement in this regard and will also expose the elements behind this conspiracy", Burhanuddin said adding that Hizb will convene a "high-level" meeting and "will inform the nation about the ground realities".

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