General officer Commanding (GoC) Kilo Force H S Sahi said that the three slain militants killed in Hokersar encounter were planning a big attack.
The gunfight which erupted last evening between militants and government forces in Hokersar area of Srinagar outskirts ended today with the killing of three local militants, officials said.
“Three militants have been killed in the operation. The house where militants were hiding suffered partial damage,” an unnamed official was quoted by a local news agency.
Yesterday, local police, Army’s 2 RR and CRPF laid a cordon in the area, after which a gunfight erupted, police sources said.
Meanwhile, General officer Commanding (GoC) Kilo Force H S Sahi said that the three slain militants killed in Hokersar encounter were planning a big attack.
He, however, said that the identity and affiliation of the slain trio is yet to be known as police is trying to find out to which outfit they belonged to.
Addressing a joint press conference at 2 RR headquarters at Zainakote, HMT, Srinagar, GoC Kilo Force said that in the past one week, five militants including a Pakistani national were killed in two separate gunfights in north Kashmir.
“Since past many days, intelligence inputs were pouring in continuously about the movement of militants on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. Yesterday, we developed leads and came to know that militants are hiding in a house right opposite to Noora Hospital at Lawaypora in HMT area,” Sahi said.
He said that when the presence of militants got established, Army’s 2 RR, Police and the CRPF repeatedly asked them to surrender.
“The militants fired indiscriminately at security forces and lobbed grenades as well. The operation was put on a halt due to darkness but cordon layers were tightened. With the first light of the day, the firefight again resumed and militants used heavy ammunition against security forces,” the GoC said, adding that in the ensuing gunfight, three militants were killed.
“This was a clean operation and there was no causality to the security forces,” said GoC Sahi, who was flanked by commander 10 Sector RR Naresh Mishra and SP West Shehzad Saliar, besides other officials of Army and local police.
Meanwhile, a police officer said that one AK-47 rifle, two pistols and a few grenades were recovered from the possession of slain militants.
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