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J&K gunfight; One Hizbul man amongst 3 killed

Srinagar: Three militants were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Police said the security forces started a cordon and search operation during the night in Panzgam village after receiving information about the presence of militants there.

The hiding militants were challenged after which they opened fire at the security forces, triggering an encounter.

“Three terrorists have been killed in Panzgam operation. Weapons and war-like stores were recovered,” Defence Ministry Spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

“Their bodies have been recovered. Although firing exchanges have now stopped, the operation is still on,” a police officer said.

One of the slain militants has been identified as Showkat Ahmad Dar, a resident of Panzgam village. He belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit. The identity and group affiliation of the other slain militant is being ascertained, informed sources said.

Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a top commander who masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, a soldier and a civilian were also killed in a gunfight on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of a house where the militants were hiding. While Dar’s brother Muhammad Younis sustained a gunshot injury.

According to the sources, two soldiers were also injured. Amid massive clashes near the gunfight site and adjoining areas, authorities have imposed curfew in Pulwama town and suspended mobile Internet services.

Mobile internet speed has also been brought down in Srinagar city to prevent uploading of inflammatory pictures and posts.

PTI

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