Three militants were killed in a gunfight with forces in Shopian on Monday, police said.
An official said that gunfight began after a joint party of army, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF cordoned off the Gatipora village of the district following “specific” inputs about the presence of militants.
He said that militants hiding in the village opened fire after forces approached the suspected site, drawing retaliation from the forces.
“Firing has stopped. Combing operation is underway,” said the official.
Three militants affiliated with Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba outfits have been killed in the gunfight. “All three militants have been successfully killed,” tweeted DGP S P Vaid.
The slain militants were identified as Zahid Mir of Ganowpora, Asif Ahmad Pal of Kathokalan and Irfan Abdullah Ganai of Heff village of Shopian.
“Zahid and Asif belonged to Hizb while Irfan was affiliated with LeT,” said the official.
WhatTwo AK-47 rifles were recoevered from their possession.