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Indian army kills 3 militants in Jammu-Kashmir gunfight

Indian army kills 3 militants in Jammu-Kashmir gunfight

"16-year-old Younis Ahmed Sheikh had been hit by multiple pellets in the chest and he died in the hospital", a senior doctor at Srinagar's Shri Mahataja Hari Singh hospital told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns.

"Three militants were killed today in a gunfight with police and army in Tral", a police spokesman said, adding "the operation is underway in the area".

"Soon after forces zeroed in the houses, suspected militants opened fire on forces which led to fierce gunfight", a police official said.

The trio are believed to have been members of the Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind, the al-Qaeda's purported new cell in the state headed by former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa. "We will issue a detailed statement in this regard and will also expose the elements behind this conspiracy", Burhanuddin said adding that Hizb will convene a "high-level" meeting and "will inform the nation about the ground realities".

On August 05, three LeT militants, identified as Abid Hamid Mir of Mir Mohallah Hajin, Javid Ahmad Dar of Khanpora, Baramulla and Danish Ahmad Dar s/o Ghulam Hassan Dar of Batpora Sopore, were killed in Amargrah area of Sopore.

"When the militants were challenged, they fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter".

The mobile and Internet services were snapped partially in the area amid rising tensions. They were also involved in various grenade attacks in South Kashmir.

The operation was launched on the basis of specific intelligence inputs. The killed terrorists were seen in Musa's groups recently-released photographs.