STORY: Security forces on Wednesday (July 12) killed three militants in an encounter near Budgam district of Indian Kashmir.
Based on a tip-off about presence of militants in a house, an operation was launched on Tuesday (July 11) evening by troops of India’s paramilitary Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police in a village of Budgam.
Militants opened fire while the security forces were laying a cordon and a gun battle ensued.
Budgam Senior Superintendent of Police, Tejinder Singh said the encounter ended on Wednesday morning with the three militabts being neutralised.
A rifle and pistol were recovered from the slain militants and efforts were on to ascertain their identities.
The encounter comes a day after seven pilgrims were killed in a militant attack in Anantnag town of Kashmir.
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 pushing in militants from its part of Kashmir to carry out attacks, a charge denied by Islamabad.