Three local pro-freedom insurgents were killed in gunfight with the Indian government forces in Tral of Kashmir on Friday.
The slain trio were trapped in a cordon and search operation launched by the government forces in Mandoora village of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama.
A senior police officer said that the three militants were killed in an operation that started Friday afternoon.
A military official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 42 RR and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on specific information about the presence of insurgents in the area.
He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, the Inspector General of Police in Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said that three militants were locals of which one was active since August 2020 and two others had joined militancy this year. “All three were associated with Hizbul Mujahideen,” he said, while claiming that the trio turned down the repeated offers to surrender.
Police said that the slain were identified as Waris from Naibugh, Tral, Arif Ahmed Sheikh from Monhama, and Ehtisham Misger from Check Noorpora.
Police said that one AK-47 rifle, two pistols and four grenades were recovered from the slain.