Three Militants Killed in Gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam District

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A soldier takes position during an encounter between terrorists and security forces that started in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Oct 16, 2020. — IANS file photo

Militants have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Bangroo, resident of Redwani Kulgam, Shahnawaz Ahmad, resident of Kilbal Shopian, and Zakir Bashir, resident of Chimmer Kulgam.

SRINAGAR — Three militants, identified by Police as belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba,  were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday, police said.

Acting on specific information generated by Kulgam police about presence of militants in Chimmer area of Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by J&K Police, CRPF’s 18 Bn and Army’s 9 RR.

During the search operation as the presence of militants got ascertained, they were repeatedly appealed to surrender, but they fired indiscriminately upon the security forces, injuring two Army soldiers, who had to be airlifted to the Srinagar Army hospital.

Security forces retaliated which leading to an encounter, in which three militants were killed and their bodies retrieved from the site.

“They have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Bangroo, resident of Redwani Kulgam, Shahnawaz Ahmad, resident of Kilbal Shopian, and Zakir Bashir, resident of Chimmer Kulgam. All the killed militants were affiliated with proscribed LeT terror outfit (self-claimed TRF),” a police officer said.

“Bashir had recently joined the proscribed outfit.”

Police said as per its records, all the killed militants were part of a group involved in various terror crimes.

Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site. — IANS

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