J-K: All five militants dead as encounter ends in Kulgam

The train services between Baramulla-Qazigund were also suspended due to apprehensions of law and order problems.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 15, 2018 5:26:23 pm
J-K: Three militants dead, five trapped as encounter underway in Kulgam Amid the ongoing search operation, the militants opened fire on the security forces, prompting them to retaliate and kill three of the outlaws, the official said. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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.

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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.

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.

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