Doda militancy free: Police
Three militants, two among them commanders, were killed in a gunfight with the forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday.
The gunfight between the militants and the forces broke out at Khulchohar area of Anantnag following an extensive cordon and search operation at around 4 am, a Police officer said.
The operation against the militants was jointly launched by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police, paramilitary CRPF, and Army after intelligence inputs confirmed the presence of militants in the village, he said.
As the forces were zeroing in on the target location, the militants opened fire at the forces, who retaliated, triggering a gunfight in which three militants were killed, the officer said.
He said one among the killed militants was identified as Masood Ahmad Bhat of Doda district.
Bhat was the District Commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit.
The other two militants were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and one among them was the outfit's commander and their identification was being ascertained, the spokesman said.
"Doda has become totally militancy free once again as Masood was the last surviving militant of the district," he said.
Police also claimed that Bhat was involved in a rape case and was absconding ever since.
“He later joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” Police said.
With the killing of three more militants, the militant death toll this year has reached 116.