Three local Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were gunned down by security forces in the early hours of Thursday in Kakapora area in Pulwama district in South Kashmir. The encounter between the militants and forces began at around 6 pm on Wednesday evening, after forces launched a cordon-and-search operation based on information that there were militants hiding in the area, reported news agency PTI.
Slain militants have been identified as Majid Mir, Shariq Ahmad and Irshad Ahmad. N Singh, Commanding Officer in the 182 battalion said, “Three LeT terrorists were killed, and the operation ended early morning. Two AK-47s and one pistol have been recovered”, according to ANI.
A police officer was quoted, “Dar was involved in a number of killings including that of sarpanch of Kakapora and district president of Pulwama”, as saying by the PTI.
He said, “The encounter started last evening in Kakapora area of Pulwama following an intelligence input that three local boys, who had joined militant ranks in banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, were holed up in a house located in a densely populated locality.”
“This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong network of over ground workers”, he added.
The Special Operation Group (SOG) and 183 CRPF battalion along with 50 Rashtriya Rifles were involved in the encounter. The number of militants holed up in the area was not immediately clear. A police official told PTI that a mob pelted stones at security forces to distract them from the operation.
The encounter took place hours after security forces neutralised two militants in Sopore area.