Lolab encounter: Three militants killed


At least three militants were killed on Thursday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

A defence personnel told mediapersons  here that security forces began a search operation after they received specific information about the presence of militants in forests of Lolab. The militants who were hiding there fired upon the forces, triggering a gunbattle.

The official added that the operation was still going on. Three militants have been killed in an encounter at Lolab forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Earlier, a police officer said that acting on a tip off about the presence of some militants, the army’s 18 RR cordoned off Dobwan forest area in Khurhama today morning.

Soon after, the joint team of forces intensified the cordon-and-search operation; the militants hiding inside the woods opened fire and tried to break the forces cordon. However, the forces engage them in a gunfight, he had said.

Meanwhile, a senior army officer said that the three militants have been killed and the searches in the area are still going on.

“Bodies of all the three militants have been recovered along with as many AK-47-rifles and other war like stores”, the army officer said.

“The militants intercepted today are likely the part of heavily armed group whose one member was killed on June 15 and later the other members managed to gave slip to forces before killing a soldier of 56 RR namely Signalman Ajay Choudhary”, the police officer said.

The group of infiltrators was intercepted by soldiers of 56 RR on June 14 at Katwara forest area near Jet Gali, some 4 kilometers away from the fence, in Machhil sector.

Pertinently, On Monday evening, militants managed to escape before injuring a soldier in Sogam forests. The encounter had raged hours after the arrest of LeT militant Abu Ukasah alias Hanzullah by police at Sogam market while he was making purchasing.

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