Eight militants, including the successor of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani , were killed in two anti-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley since Friday night.
There were violent protests in the Valley after the killing of Wani's brother Sabzar Ahmad Bhat. Internet has been snapped in Kashmir as protests spread. Schools are reportedly closing in Srinagar.
Three militants were trapped in a residential area of Tral’s Saimoo village, Pulwama, since Friday night. They had attacked the Army convoy and fled from the spot. Later, the security forces zeroed in on them. Two houses are reportedly damaged in the operation.
Director General of Police S.P Vaid said, “Two militants, identified as Sabzar and Faizan, are killed in the gunfight.” Their bodies were spotted at the encounter site. The third militant’s body remains untraced.
In another operation in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the Army foiled infiltration by militants in Rampur Sector. “Six terrorists have been killed so far,” said Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.