Three Hizbul Mujhahideen militants were killed early on Saturday in an encounter with security forces during a search operation in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A joint team of police and army cordoned-off Panzgam village in Pulwama district after receiving specific intelligence about the presence of militants in the area, an army official said.

As the forces were conducting a search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter, the official said.

He said in the ensuing gunfight, three militants — all locals who belonged to Hizbul Mujhahdeen militant group were killed.

They were identified as Ashfaq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Dogipura, Ishfaq Ahmad Baba, a resident of Tahab and Haseeb Ahmad, a resident of Brao Bandyun, he said.

Three weapons have also been recovered from the encounter site, he added.

Army foils infiltration bid in Kupwara, one soldier killed

An Army soldier was killed in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where the army foiled an infiltration bid by militants on the Line of Control, sources said.

Defence sources said a group of heavily armed guerrillas were challenged on the LoC by alert troops when they were trying to sneak last evening.

“When challenged, terrorists resorted to heavy gunfire which was returned.

“The infiltrators were forced to withdraw back. One soldier identified as sepoy Ramesh Yadav was martyred in the gunfire exchanges with the terrorists”, Defence sources said.