Shopian, Jan 22, CNS: Three militants were killed while a soldier was injured after a gunfight raged between militants and government forces in Shirmal area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday morning.
An official said that Government Forces cordoned off Shirmal area after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area. As the search operation was launched, militants opened fire thus triggering a fierce encounter.
During the exchange of fire, three militants were killed who according to police official are affiliated with militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen.
During the gunfight a soldier was also injured who was immediately shifted to hospital for treatment.
Several persons were injured during clashes that erupted near gunfight sight. A couple of photojournalists also sustained pellet injuries.
Authorities suspended internet service in the district after the gunfight. Sources said that among the three slain militants one was Dr Shams-ul-Haq, the brother of an IPS officer serving in an Indian state.