Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were eliminated in Jammu and Kashmir’s Mujgund, on a day after the gunfight broke out between militants and Indian security forces on Saturday. Arms and ammunition were recovered from the Hizbul Mujahideen militants news agency ANI reported. Five security personnel were also injured in the encounter.
The Indian security forces have killed more than 230 militants in Kashmir Valley so far this year even as there has been a drop in the number of civilians injured in stone-pelting related incidents, sources said. Another 240 militants are still active in the Valley, with three militants killed today, the number has dropped to 237.
Authorities had earlier suspended mobile internet services in Srinagar in view of the encounter. The security personnel were carrying out cordon-and-search operation near Srinagar-Bandipora road in Mujgand area on Saturday evening. However, a gunfight broke out after militants fired upon a part of the security forces, news agency PTI reported quoting a police officer.
There was a period of brief lull in the night but the gunfight resumed on Sunday morning, as the security forces tried to flush out the militants from the area, the police officer told the news agency.