STORY: At least three militants were gunned down by security forces in two separate encounters in India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state on Thursday (September 13).
While two militants were gunned down in Sopore region, one was killed in Kakriyal area of the state. The Senior Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Sopore district, Javid Iqbal said that according to the preliminary investigation, the two slain militants belonged to Pakistan-based militant outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed and were foreigers.
According to the police, they, along with the Indian army and the paramilitary forces launched a search and cordon operation after receiving specific inputs. Combing operations are still underway, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Jammu S.D. Singh Jamwal.
Unrest has simmered in Kashmir, home to a separatist movement, for decades. An insurgency that erupted in 1989 against India has eased in recent years, but most Kashmiris yearn for independence, accuse security forces of widespread rights abuses and some support the few hundred militants still fighting