According to the information given by the police, three militants, including a resident of Srinagar, were killed in a gunfight in Hakoora area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
“Pursuing credible leads of presence of militants, security forces started search in the Hakoora area of Anantnag district. While the search was going on the hiding militants fired upon the search party. The fire was retaliated by the security forces ensuing an encounter,” said a police spokesman, in a statement.
“In the said encounter, 3 militants were killed which include Eesa Fazli of Srinagar, Syed Owais Shafi of Kokernag and a third militant whose identity is being ascertained.”
SSP Anantnag Altaf Khan said the third militant was apparently a foreigner. “His identity is being ascertained,” he told Greater Kashmir.
The gunfight, according to sources, had started around 1:15 am at Hakoora-Badsgam in Dooru area of the district. Fazili and Shafi were studying engineering before joining militancy.