All the five militants were gunned down on Saturday morning in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said. An Army official said weapons and war-like stores had been recovered from the encounter site.
A total of five militants were believed to be engaged in the encounter and belonged to two outfits of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba. Reportedly, most of the slain militants were involved in a series of acts including the killing of two bank employees and several policemen.
Encounter going on in Chowgam Kulgam. Five terrorists are trapped. 3 reported to have been neutralised. Train services between Baramulla -Qazigund suspended. Police and Security Forces on job.
— J&K Police (@JmuKmrPolice) September 15, 2018
The encounter between the militants and security forces began Saturday morning after the forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants there. While the forces were conducting the searches, the militants fired upon the forces, ensuring a gunfight.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out near the site of the encounter as a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces, the official said. He said some of the youth members were injured due to forces’ action on the protesters.
The train services between Baramulla-Qazigund were also suspended due to apprehensions of law and order problems.
This comes two days after two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were killed in north Kashmir’s Sopore town. The J&K Police also recovered two aadhaar cards from the militants and said that they were foreigners.