Three militants were killed by the Indian Army after a gun battle in Pulwama’s Awantipora in Kashmir on Saturday morning.
The army identified the men as locals part of the militant Hizbullah Mujahideen group – Ashfaq ah Dar from Dogirpura, Ishfaq Ah Baba of Tahab and Haseeb Ah Pahla from Brao Bandyun.
“Three militants have been killed and three weapons recovered,” said a Srinagar-based army spokesperson.
The operation ended around 6 am, Brigadier K Venugopal told ANI. He further said no civilians and soldiers were injured in the encounter.
Visuals from the Pulwama encounter in J&K, where search ops are on. pic.twitter.com/TSjRThnlZq— ANI (@ANI_news) May 7, 2016
The operation ended around 6 AM. 3 weapons, and ammunition were recovered: Brigadier KVenugopal on Pulwama encounter pic.twitter.com/0JMFjvXBsJ— ANI (@ANI_news) May 7, 2016
The militants belonged to south Kashmir where there has been a sudden spurt in locals taking to militancy in the past two years.
Burhan Wani a wanted man and top commander of the Hizbullah Mujahideen, became the face of new age militancy in the valley. Wani carries a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
(With inputs from agencies)