Three Lashkar militants killed in Srinagar encounter:Police

Were involved in Khonmoh Sarpanch killing

Three Lashkar militants killed in Srinagar encounter:Police

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Srinagar, March 16:  Three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Nowgam locality in uptown Srinagar, officials said on Wednesday.

Police said the slain militants were involved in the killing of a Sarpanch, Sameer Ahmed Bhat last week.

They said the gunfight erupted at Nowgam locality in uptown Srinagar after an anti-militancy operation was launched by a joint team of police and security forces around midnight following an input about the presence of militants in the area.

“We got an input last night that three to four terrorists are hiding in Nowgam. Following which, Army and CRPF laid a cordon in the area. The exchange of fire started at 2 am. The operation was put on hold till civilians were evacuated from the area. In the encounter, three terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed,” Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police, Vijay Kumar said.

He said one AK-47 rifle, and two pistols were recovered from the encounter site.

The IGP identified the two slain militants as Adil Teli and Saqib Tantray of Shopian.

The third one, he said is most probably Umer Teli, he said

The IGP said the three slain militants were involved in the killing of Sarpanch Sameer Ahmed Bhat of Khonmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar last week.

Kumar said they have busted all the modules involved in the recent target killing of panchayat members, an off duty CRPF jawan and a soldier.

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