Srinagar: Police on Monday claimed to have killed three militants in an overnight gunfight at Hakoora area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The officials identified two among three slain militants as Mohammad Eesa Fazli alias Eesa Ruhulla of Soura, Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Violoo, Kokernag while as the identity of third militant is being ascertained.
“The bodies of the trio were recovered along with as many assault rifles,” an official was quoted by a local news agency as saying, adding that the deceased belonged to Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit.
A joint team of SOG, army, and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation at Hakoora village last night at around 12:30 am, official sources said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anantnag Altaf Khan said that the operation was launched based on the specific inputs about the presence of some militants inside a residential house.
As the searches were intensified, some warning shots were fired towards the suspected spot, the group of militants comprising of three members tried to break the cordon and opened fire upon the joint team, SSP said.
The fire was responded triggering off a brief exchange of the gunfight, SSP said, adding that the trio was killed in the retaliatory action.