Srinagar: Three militants have been killed by the government forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district early this morning. Schools and colleges have been closed in the area as a precautionary measure.
To prevent protests, restrictions are in place in Soura and four other police station areas of Srinagar. Kashmir University has suspended classes for the day and postponed examinations as well.
Two of the militants have been identified as Mohammad Eesa Fazili of Soura in Srinagar and Syed Owais of Kokernag in south Kashmir. Fazli was studying engineering at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University before he joined the militant outfit. The identity of the third militant is being determined.
According to the police, one of the militants was involved in a recent attack on a police post in Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar in which a police constable was killed.
The police had launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) based on information about the presence of militants in Hakoora area of district Anantnag.
“While the search was on, the hiding militants fired upon the party ensuing an encounter during which three militants were killed,” police said.
India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Militant groups demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.