Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were slain in an overnight gunfight with armed forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Sunday.
The encounter broke out Saturday in the Drabgam area of the south Kashmir district and one militant was killed before the night fell, they said.
A police official said a tight cordon was maintained during the night to stop the rebels from fleeing, and when the firing resumed early Sunday morning two more militants were killed.
Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said all three are locals, linked with the LeT.
“One of them has been identified as Junaid Sheergojri, involved in the killing of a policeman,” he tweeted.
The two others have been identified as Fazil Nazir Bhat and Irfan Ahmad Malik, he said.
The exchange of fire had begun Saturday after the forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the Drabgam area of the south Kashmir district following inputs about the presence of rebels there.
The IGP said the police have also recovered incriminating material, arms, and ammunition including two AK 47 rifles and one pistol during the operation.