Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police said that five militants belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed in a gunfight in Badigam village of Shopian on Sunday.
“During the encounter, unfortunately while handling a highly volatile situation civilians were injured in cross-firing among them five civilians succumbed to their injuries. The condition of other injured persons is stated to be stable,” a police official said.
The police identified the slain militants as Saddam Hussain Paddar of Heff, Shopian who was active since September 2014. Bilal Ahmad Mohand of Heff Shirmal, Shopian was active since October 2016. Adil Ahmad Malik of Malik Gund, Shopian was active since August 2014. Tauseef Ahmad Sheikh of Rampora, Quimoh was active since 2013 and Mohammad Rafi Bhat of Ganderbal who had recently joined them.
“Saddam Paddar and his associates were involved in a number of civilian killings and in terror attacks on Security Forces besides instigating youth to join terrorist network,” the official added.
Police made repeated attempts to make them surrender which did not materialise, the official said.
“We once again reiterate that encounter sites are prohibitory zones and highly susceptible to cross firing so must be avoided by civilians,” the official said.
The three SFs injured including one policeman is under treatment at hospital, he said.