Three militants were killed and three security personnel, including an Army Major, injured in a gunbattle which continued for nearly 20 hours in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Seven people also suffered pellet injuries after clashes broke out near the encounter site.
Police officers said that a cordon and search operation was launched in Melhoora area on Tuesday afternoon. “The encounter concluded today after it started around 4.30 pm on Tuesday,” said a police officer.
A J&K Police spokesperson said the “hiding terrorists fired on the search party”, triggering the gunbattle. The identity of the three militants is being ascertained, police said.
When the operation began, villagers from a nearby area marched towards the encounter site and clashed with the security personnel on Tuesday afternoon. In the ensuing action by security forces, at least seven people suffered pellet injuries.