Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Thursday said that Baramulla district was militant free after three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with security on Wednesday.
“Yesterday's operation in Baramulla district in which three militants were killed makes Baramulla the first district of Kashmir with no surviving militant, as on date,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.
Situated on the bank of Jhelum river downstream from Srinagar, Baramulla district has been the hotbed for terrorist activities.
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district on Wednesday, police said. The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Binner area of the district on receiving information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.
He said the search operation turned into a gunfight after the ultras opened fire at the the security personnel.
Three militants were killed in the operation, the official said, adding weapons and other incriminating material were recovered from the spot.
The slain militants were affiliated with proscribed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and identified as Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat and Nasir Ahmad Darzi, the official said.
He said they were involved in several militancy-related cases in north Kashmir.
(With inputs from agencies)