Jammu and Kahmir: 3 militants killed

By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Sopore, Jan 13 : At least three militants were killed during a gun-fight between militants and the security forces in north Kashmir's Dooru area of Sopore town on Monday.

According to police sources, after receiving the inputs about the presence of militants in Dooru Sopore, 22 RR, Special Operation Group and police personnel cordoned off the area.

The police said that as the government forces were busy in laying siege around the hamlet, suspected militants fired upon them from the house of one Ghulam Hasan Pala.

At least two Army personnel from 22 RR S.Kapoor and Ajit Pradhan were injured in the firing, however, Security Forces retaliated and during the ensuing gunfight, three foreign militants were killed.

Superintendent of Police Sopore Abdul Qayoom said that three militants were killed during the encounter.

"Initail reports suggest that all these three militants are non-Kashmiri and they were affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad," he said.

The police sources said that a team led by SP Sopore evacuated the holed up civilians to safer places. No civilian was injured during the gunfight.

When contacted Defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel N.N.Joshi said that three militants were neutralized while Army recovered 3 AK-47 rifles from them.

"Two of our jawans received minor injuries during the encounter," he said.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Range Abdul Gani Mir told reporters that it was the same group that had fled from Chirhar Sopore. "One of the deceased militant has been identified as Hasan and this militant had taken command from slain Jaish militant Qari," Mir said.

--IBNS (Posted on 13-01-2014)

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