STORY: Security forces on Wednesday (August 09) killed three militants in an encounter in a town in India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state.
Acting on information about the presence of militants, security forces laid a cordon and launched a search operation in Tral area when the militants opened fire on them, triggering a gun battle.
The militants, identified as Mohammad Ishaq Bhat, Zahid and Mohammad Ashraf Dar, were killed in the encounter and two AK-47 rifles and one pistol were recovered from the encounter site.
Indian Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police, Muneer Khan, said the search operation was still on in the area, as police suspected one more militant to be hiding there.
India has been struggling to restore normality in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part.
India accuses Pakistan of training and arming militants, and helping them infiltrate across the de facto border, called the Line of Control (LoC), dividing Kashmir. Pakistan denies those allegations.
The South Asian rivals have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.