Srinagar, Oct 22:
Three Jaish terrorists were killed in an encounter at Rajpora Awantipora area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.
It is being suspected that two among the slain terrorists could be from Pakistan.
The three unidentified militants were killed in an encounter that was raging since early evening after the security forces launced a search operation in the Rajpora-Awantipora area along the Tral axis in Pulwama district.
The latest gunfight occured on the 79th day of ongoing civilian shutdown against the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and bifurcate J&K into two union territories.
Earlier, defence sources had said that a joint team of security forces launched the operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of militants in the Awantipora area.
They said as the forces zeroed in on the suspected place, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately triggering the gunfight.
This is the second gunfight in Awantipora within two weeks and the third in the south Kashmir region after the abrogation of Article 370.
With Tuesay's killings, the toll of slain militants has now reached 12. These terrorists have been killed in six separate encounters in south, central and north Kashmir till now.
Earlier, on October 16, three local militants of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) were killed in an encounter in Pazalpora Bijbehara in Anantnag district.
On October 8, two local LeT militants were killed in an encounter in Kawani Brabindina area of Awantipora. A civilian had also been injured near the gunfight site.
Pertinently, two suspected Pakistani militants were killed in the Trumkhal Gangbal Naranag area of Ganderbal district, connecting an axis along LoC in Gurez sector of north Kashmir’s Bandipora.
The search and sanitization operation had been carried out from September 28 to October 15.
Significantly, one Kashmiri family from Sopore had claimed that one among the slain militants is their son while demanding DNA sampling.
The police are working on the family’s claim as the family members raised voice while demanding handing over of the militant body, recently in Srinagar's Press Enclave.
Two local militants had also been earlier killed in two separate encounters in Baramulla (August 21) and Sopore (September 11).
Aasif Suhaf, News24
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