Security forces gunned down three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants on Friday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore area in Baramulla in which one police jawan was injured. Arms and ammunitions have also been recovered from the militants, reported news agency ANI. A police official informed PTI that security forces launched an operation following information about the presence of militants in Amargarh area of Sopore.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Commanding Officer 52 Rashtriya Rifles, Rajeshwar Jamwal said, “We requested the militants to surrender but they opened fire. Then, we responded in the same way.”
Post-encounter, internet services have been snapped in Baramulla. All government and private schools and colleges in Sopore have were also closed on Saturday. Additional Deputy Commissioner informed ANI. A search operation is conducted since Saturday early morning by 179 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 52 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The encounter in Jammu and Kashmir comes days after Lashkar-e-Taiba chief commander Abu Dujana, along with one other militant, Arif Bhat, was killed in an encounter with forces last week. His death was considered a major victory by security forces as he was one of the most popular commanders and recruiters in south Kashmir.
The internet services have also been snapped in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District. Earlier in the day, a joint cordon and search operation (CASO) was being conducted by the security forces.