Srinagar: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Anantnag area of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. One of the outfit’s oldest remaining militants was among them.
Vijay Kumar, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for Kashmir, identified the slain insurgent as Ashraf Molvi.
“Ashraf Molvi (one of oldest surviving #terrorist of HM #terror outfit) along with two other terrorists killed,” the senior officer wrote on Twitter.
A PTI report said the encounter took place near the route of the annual Amarnath Yatra in Anantnag district and the security forces were considering the operation to be a major success.
Security forces conducted a cordon and search operation after receiving specific information regarding the presence of terrorists in the Srichand Top forest area in Pahalgam, Anantnag, according to police.
After the hiding terrorists fired at the security officers, the search operation degenerated into an encounter, according to an officer. In retaliation, three terrorists were killed, the officer added.
All the ultras belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
Pahalgam, the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir, also serves as one of the base camps for the Amarnath yatra, scheduled to start from June 30 after a gap of two years.
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