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J&K: Three militants killed in encounter with security forces in Baramulla

A police official said security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the afternoon on receiving information about the presence of militants in Binner area of Baramulla district.

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The operation turned into a gunbattle after militants opened fire on the security forces. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.
The dead militants have been identified as Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat and Nasir Ahmad Darzi, all residents of Baramulla district, according to a press release by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

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“Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to explosive materials,” the police added. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

A cordon and search operation was launched by the J&K Police and security forces in Binner area of Baramulla district on Wednesday, police said. “As the search was underway, the team was fired upon by the terrorists. The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight,” said a J&K police spokesperson.

In the ensuing gunbattle, three militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the spot. Police said that the militants were given ample opportunity to surrender but they fired at the team from their hideout.

Police said that the militants were affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and were involved in the killing of three young boys in Baramulla in April last year. They were also involved in “conspiring and executing several terror attacks on security establishments in the area,” police said.

Stone pelting was also reported from the area on Wednesday, said CRPF officials in Srinagar. A total of nine militants have been killed in three separate encounters in the Valley since Monday.