3 terrorists killed, operation underway: Kashmir IGP on Tral encounter

Srinagar An encounter broke out between security forces and militants today in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district police said

"The three killed terrorists killed in encounter were part of Al-Qaeda's Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, off shoot of Al Qaida in Kashmir", said Munir Khan, Inspector General of Police Kashmir. India accuses Pakistan of funding and training militants in Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad has persistently rejected.

In Batgund, government forces allegedly entered some houses, thrashed the inmates, and vandalised property, sources said.

The identity of the terrorists is being ascertained.

Indian forces have killed three separatist rebels and a teenage boy in the Indian-controlled Kashmir as tensions continue to rock the Muslim-majority Himalayan region. Massive clashes also raged at Pulwama town between youths and forces against the encounter.

The killing of militants sparked off widespread protests in Tral area.

A civilian was killed in clashes between protesters and government forces near the site of gunfight.

The fire was returned by the troops and in the ensuing gunfight, three militants were killed, the official said. However doctors at the SMHS declared him brought dead.

At least three terrorists have been neutralised by the Indian security forces in an undergoing encounter in Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Police along with 42 RR, 180 BN CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Gulab Bagh area after receiving inputs about presence of militants there". They clashed with the forces, who retaliated by firing teargas shells and pellets.

Two AK 47 rifles and one pistol were seized from the encounter site, as per police statement. However, when they were intercepted by the security personnel, they pelted stones on them. "During this, one person sustained pellet injuries and later succumbed to his injuries", said the police spokesman.

Mohd Ishaq Bhat was involved in firing upon police personnel HC Ab Gani Bhat resulting in his grievous injuries.

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