Five militants, three of them top Lashkar terrorists, were killed in three separate encounters with security forces in Kashmir valley on Wednesday,
After receiving a tip-off, police assisted by army engirdled Satkoji near Zachaldara in Kupwara, 80 kms from Srinagar. The terrorists, who were hiding in the forest opened fire at the joint search party and in the ensuing encounter, three militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were killed, said a police spokesman.
Of the five, one has been identified as as Abu Hamza, a top LeT Pakistani militant.
The spokesman said that another militant was killed in a gunfight with defence forces at Trikanjan in Baramulla district, 90 kms from Srinagar, in the morning.
Security forces also resumed operation this morning to flush out militants hiding in Khrew forests in Pulwama district of South Kashmir and recovered body of a militant, a defence ministry spokesman said.