Six terrorists and a 12-year-old boy were killed on Friday in three separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
Two militants and a boy, who was taken hostage, were killed in an encounter in Bandipora district’s Mir Mohalla area.
“One Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander is among the two militants killed,” the police said.
The boy, Aatif, along with two other civilians were trapped in the building, where the terrorists were also hiding.
The encounter had started yesterday evening after security forces launched an operation following a tip-off about the presence of two terrorists inside a residential house, according to a report in NDTV.
During overnight operations, both the terrorists were killed after forces blasted the house. Aatif’s body was found under the rubble during search operations.
In Shopian district’s Imam Sahib area, the security forces killed two militants following a gunfight.
In another gun battle in Sopore’s Warpora area, two militants were killed in the same site of an encounter on Thursday where two policemen were injured.
The police said the gunfight in Bandipora has ended but the two others were still going on.
All educational institutions in Sopore were closed and mobile Internet services suspended as a precautionary measure.
On Thursday, three militants were killed while seven security men and three civilians injured in three different gun battles in the Kashmir Valley.
Two terrorists were neutralised by the security forces in the Baramulla encounter yesterday. One terrorist was identified as Aamir Rasool of Sopore and the other is a Pakistani national. Both the terrorists were affiliated with the proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
(With agency inputs)