3 terrorists killed, operation underway: Kashmir IGP on Tral encounter

J&K Encounter breaks out in Tral 3 terrorists holed

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops martyred three more Kashmiri youth in Tral area of Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Soon after three militants were killed in a gunfight, clashes erupted in which a teenager Muhammad Younis Sheikh was critically injured.

He was shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar where doctors declared him dead on arrival. They clashed with government forces and the forces retaliated by firing teargas and pellets. "The identity of slain militants and their group affiliation is being ascertained".

According to reports, security forces took charge after receiving information about the presence of some militants in Gulabagh village of Tral. "The entire area was cordoned off and the hiding terrorists fired upon them".

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During the encounter, three militants of Zakir Musa's group identified as Zahid Ahmad Bhat resident of Nowdal Tral, Mohammad Ishaq Bhat resident of Batagund Tral and Mohammad Ashraf Dar resident of Baghi Trich, Pulwama were eliminated. He also informed that two rifles and one pistol have been recovered from the encounter site.

Police said three slain militants were local Kashmiri men affiliated with the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind group - the breakaway faction of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant organization. However, when they were intercepted by the security personnel, they pelted stones on them.

Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was recently named by Al Qaeda as head of its Kashmir cell named, "Ansar Ghazwatul Hind".

It is however not clear which group the terrorists belong to.

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