A joint operation launched by the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday gunned down five top most militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). The encounter took place at Methwan area in Kishtwar district.
According to sources, police and 11 Rashtriya Rifles launched a search and cordon operation in Methwan. During the operation, the troops came under fire from the militants, which they retaliated.
The militants have been identified as Dadu Bakerwal, a resident of Tiller Marwa; Mohammed Rajab from Aftee; Mohammed Shafi a resident of Bangam Marwah and Jasar code Junade.
Four AK rifles, arms and ammunition and explosive materials have been recovered from the encounter site.
SP of Kishtwar, Haseeb Mughal, told HT that it is a big blow to the outfit. Adding that it also a big success for the police.