J&K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Budgam encounter, arms recovered

  • J&K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Budgam encounter, arms recovered

J&K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Budgam encounter, arms recovered

A senior police official said Aaqib used to be a shopkeeper, but joined the terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen recently.

The joint operation was launched at around 6:00 pm on Wednesday and at about 8.30 pm contact was established with terrorists. The holed-up militants were given an opportunity to surrender.

He said two soldiers were killed in the Pakistani troops firing. The encounter broke out on Tuesday evening between security forces and militants. Earlier, it was believed that there were two militants who had taken shelter in the area.

The security forces returned the fire and killed all the three militants, he said.

He said an AK-56 assault rifle, an SLR, a pistol and seven magazines were recovered from the shootout site. They have been hospitalized. While Sajjad Ahmad Gilkar was from Malarata in downtown Srinagar, Javid Sheikh, was from Beerwah Churpora and Aaquib Gul from Goripura in Rawalpora.

Several shops in city centre Lal Chowk remained shut due to killing of militants and restrictions in old Srinagar city. Sheikh was the Hizbul district commander, the police officer said.

Dinakaran said security forces suffered no injuries.

Among the injured was a photo Journalist of local English newspaper, Aman Farooq.

Thousands of people participated in the last rites of Sajad Ahmed whose funeral prayers were offered at Sports Stadium.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of the slain militants amidst pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

The protestors clashed with the force personnel, who resorted to baton charge and fired dozens of tear smoke shells to disperse them. The violent clashes continued for hours resulting in the shutdown and suspension of traffic on the roads.