Srinagar, Sep 15: Five militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed on Saturday in a fierce encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Kulgam.
Meanwhile, authorities suspended mobile internet service in twin south Kashmir districts of Anantnag and Kulgam while train service has also been suspended between Baramulla in north Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region. About five persons were injured when security forces burst teargas shells and also fired several shots to disperse the demonstrators who were trying to disrupt the CASO in Kulgam. Two of the injured had received bullet injuries.
Official sources said on a tip off about the presence of militants troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation early this morning at village Chowgam, Kulgam in south Kashmir.
However, when the security forces were marching towards particular area in the village, militants hiding there opened fire, they said adding troops also retaliated and in the encounter three militants were killed. Sources said operation was going on when the reports last came in.
A police spokesman in a tweet “Encounter going on in Chowgam Kulgam. Five terrorists are trapped. 3 reported to have been neutralised. Train services between Baramulla -Qazigund suspended”.
In another tweet he said “A huge success for Police and security forces. It was a combo of HM and LeT terrorists. Most of them were involved in a series of terror acts including killing of 2 bank employees and many policemen and also involved in bank robberies and weapon looting”. (UNI)