Three militants, one soldier among six killed in anti-terror ops in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Six persons, including a soldier and three militants of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed on Thursday in four anti-terror operations in Kashmir.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Gazigund area of Anantnag district in the early hours today on a tip off about presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.

“During searches, a gunfight began between security forces and terrorists. In the encounter, a local terrorist identified as Asif Malik who was operating as a commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT was eliminated,” he said.

An Army jawan, identified as Happy Singh of 19 Rashtriya Rifles, too was killed in the encounter, he added.

The spokespersons said Malik was involved in several attacks on security forces, including the killings of CRPF men at Achabal this year and in several other cases of atrocity against civilian.

The forces also recovered various incriminating material including several arms and ammunition from the encounter site, he added.

In another encounter at Panzan in Budgam district, security Forces “neutralised” two militants, he said.

The slain militants were identified as Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat and Irfan Ahmad Dar of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. (AGENCIES)