At least three militants were shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday in a gun battle between militants and security forces, a day after a policeman was abducted and killed in the same area.
The clash broke out early yesterday in an area in the southern district of Kulgam, a few kilometres from where the policeman, who was visiting home on leave, was killed on Saturday.
State police chief S P Vaid said the slain militants were part of the same group that killed the policeman.
The bodies of the three militants were recovered from the scene, Vaid wrote on Twitter.
Police suspected that one of the militants killed in the encounter was a Pakistani national, local media reported.
The security forces launched searches in Redwani area in Kulgam early in the morning after getting credible inputs about the presence of the militants in a cluster of houses.
“As the security forces advanced, the hidden terrorists fired, resulting in a brief encounter in which the three terrorists were killed,” police said.
They said there was no collateral damage in the encounter.
According to the police the slain militants were affiliated with the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen.
>>An accused in an attempted murder case escaped from police lockup in Kashmir’s Reasi district after feigning uneasiness, an official said.
A sub-inspector has been suspended for dereliction of duty over the incident.
“Rohit Singh, was arrested last week along with his brother and one more person in connection with an attempt to murder case after an FIR was registered against them,” a police official said.
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