Kashmir: Army kills 3 militants in Pulwama, encounter ends, guns found

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 07, 2016 08:57 IST
Indian Army jawans conducting search operations in Avantipora, Pulwama. (Twitter/ANI photo)

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.

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.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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