In a major success for the armed forces, three terrorists of a combined group of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed on Thursday in an encounter with the security forces in the Shopian district of South Kashmir. In another encounter in Handwara of North Kashmir, a terrorist of LeT was eliminated.

The terrorists in Shopian were killed in the Yawran Keller area, police said. All the three terrorists were locals and two of them belonged to Pulwama and one to Shopian. They have been identified as Aaqib Ahmad from Bhatnoora Lassipora Pulwama, Basharat Ahmad from Wasoora Pulwama and Sajad Khanday from Bamnoo Keller Shopian.

Police confirmed that bodies of three terrorists have been found and arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.

Following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, a joint team of Army, CRPF and police cordoned off the area. The hiding terrorists fired upon the security forces who retaliated, triggering an encounter.

Police said it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter. Incriminating material including three AK 47 rifles has been recovered from the site of the encounter.