NEW DELHI, March 12 (KUNA) — Indian military sources said Monday that three local militants were killed in a face-off with security forces in Anantnag district of north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indo Asian News Agency reported, quoting army sources, that the security forces launched an operation against militant elements following intelligence inputs in Hakura area of Anantnag, resulting in the killing of the militants.
While identity of two killed militants were recognized as Eesa Fazli of Srinagar and Syed Owais of Kokernag in Anantnag, the authorities are trying to ascertain the identity of the third one, the sources said. “In the process, arms and ammunition which include AK 47 rifles, pistols and hand-grenades were recovered from the encounter site.
There was no collateral damage during the operation,” a police spokesperson said, adding that one of the militants was accused of involving in the killing of a policeman following a recent attack on a police guard post at Soura in the region. Following expected tension, the local authorities issued order to shutter schools and educational institutions to avoid any untoward incident. New Delhi accuses Islamabad of supporting and funding the armed groups in Kashmir, claims which Islamabad denies.