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.
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.