SRINAGAR Five militants belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed on Sunday in an encounter with state forces at Keelam area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said.
.The gunfight broke out after militants opened fire on a search party of the state forces in Kulgam’s Kellem village this morning, a police official said.
He said five militants were killed in the encounter and arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot.
The slain militants were identified as Waseem Ahmad Rather, Aqib Nazir Mir, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat, Idrees Ahmad Bhat and Zahid Ahmad Parray, the police official said.
“As per police records, it was a combined group of proscribed militant outfits HM and LeT and their (militants’) exact affiliations are being ascertained. They were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” a police spokesperson said.
He said this group of militants was involved in various grenade attacks across Anantnag and Kulgam districts.
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