Three militants were killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday, senior Jammu and Kashmir officials said. Hapatnaar area was cordoned off and a search operation was initiated after news about the presence of militants in the area.
The search operation turned violent when militants opened fire on the security forces, the official said, adding that identity and affiliation of them were still unknown.
Taking to Twitter, police had earlier, said, “Brief exchange of fire at Hapat Naalah area of Zinpanchal in district Budgam. Area under cordon. Details shall follow.”
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V K Birdi, Deputy Inspector General, Central Kashmir, said, “Contact established with militants in a forest area of Chari Shareef area of Budgam district.”
Incidents of stone pelting were also reported in the area, CRPF officials said, and added that internet services were disrupted in certain places as precautionary measure.