Three Hizb militants killed in Budgam encounter

After attack on Amarnath pilgrims, security forces intensify counter-terror ops in J&K, kill three Hizbul militants in Budgam

After attack on Amarnath pilgrims, security forces intensify counter-terror ops in J&K, kill three Hizbul militants in Budgam

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a 10-hour long encounter with security forces in central Kashmir's Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday while two soldiers were killed in Pakistani troops firing along Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of border district of Kupwara.

The slain militants were identified as Aaqib Gul son of Ghulam-ud-din Dar resident of Gooripora Sanatnagar, Srinagar, Javaid Ahmad Sheikh son of Wali Mohammad Sheikh resident of Churpora Beerwah and Sajad Ahmad Gilkar son of Nazir Ahmad resident of Malaratha Nowhatta, Srinagar. Sheikh was the Hizbul district commander, a senior police officer said.

The operation was halted for the night but the forces maintained the cordon of the area to stop the militants from escaping, the official said.

"Militants tried to break the cordon by firing on the search party".

Three weapons were recovered from their possession.

Col. Ashok P. Achuthan of Rashtriya Rifles on Wednesday stated that they gave the terrorists chances to surrender, but they refused and retaliated with heavy gun fire.

The cops fired teargas shells and pellets to disperse the mourners, who restored to stone pelting. Clashes erupted between youth and security forces on Srinagar Airport road as the bodies were being taken to the residence of Syed Ali Geelani for him to lead the funeral prayers for the slain terrorists. Their family members were also brought to the area to convince them to surrender. "He was involved in attack on Abdul Qayoom in Barzulla on 24.05.2017 and Army convoy near SKIMS Bemina on 01.04.2017", the spokesman added.

The authorities suspended mobile internet services in Srinagar and Budgam as a precautionary measure.

"July 13 is observed as "martyrs" day" in both parts of divided Jammu and Kashmir as on this day 66 years ago as many as 22 Kashmiris were shot dead by the troops of autocratic Dogra Maharaja outside Srinagar's central prison where an in-camera trial of a rebel Abdul Qadeer was being held.

Hundreds of people attended their funeral prayers amidst chanting of pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans.

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