3 Hizbul militants killed in Pulwama encounter

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3 Hizbul militants killed in Pulwama encounterThree Hizbul Mujhahideen militants were killed early today in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.

A joint team of police and army was conducting a search operation in Panzgam village when the hiding militants fired upon them.

This triggered the gunfight, in which three militants were killed. Three weapons have also been recovered from the encounter site.

An Army spokesman said that three local Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in Panzgom area of Awantipora in Pulwama district in a specific midnight operation launched by Army and J&K Police.

The slain militants were identified as Ashfaq Dar, Ishfaq Baba and Haseeb Palla. Sepoy Ramesh Chand Yadav of Army’s 21 Kumav Regiment was killed in an encounter between militants and army in Kupwara district.

The spokesman said Army yesterday foiled an infiltration bid near Line of Control in Keran sector of Kupwara district. Yesterday, three policemen and a civilian woman were wounded in a grenade blast in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Meanwhile all trains operating between Srinagar and Banihal in Jammu region have been cancelled today for security reasons, following death of three militants in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir district of Pulwama early this morning.

However, train service from Srinagar-Badgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir will operate normally as per schedule.

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