Three Pakistani militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit were on Wednesday killed in a “chance” encounter with armed forces in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
A cop also was killed in the encounter which took place at the Najibhat crossing in the Kreeri area in the north Kashmir district.
Inspector General of Police, Vijay Kumar, said the encounter took place at one of the ‘nakas’ (checkpoints) laid by the forces across the valley.
“There were nakas across Kashmir today (Wednesday). At one such Naka at Najibhat crossing in the Kreeri area, there was a chance encounter (with militants). Three Pakistani JeM were killed,” the IGP told reporters in Srinagar.
He said a policeman was also killed in the encounter.
“The three militants could have come to Srinagar and carried out some big attack,” he said.
The IGP said the militants were active in the hilly areas of Gulmarg for the last three to four months.
“We were regularly tracking them,” he said, adding, so far this year, 22 Pakistani militants have been killed in various encounters with forces,” Kumar added.
Asked about the Tuesday’s attack in the Soura area of the city in which a cop was killed, while his daughter was injured, the IGP said two local militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) behind the attack have been identified.
“Adil from Ganderbal, a local commander of TRF/LeT, and another newly-recruited terrorist, are behind the killing,” he said.