3 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter in J&K

Encounter occurred in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian

3 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter in J&K

In a separate incident early August 13 rebels fired at an army convoy in the northern are of Hajin and injured two police officers and a soldier, the same police officer said.

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Three Kashmiri rebels and two Indian soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region, police said Sunday.

Kashmiri Police Chief Muneer Khan told Al Jazeera that fighting took place in the Shopian area.

The security forces have recovered three AK 47 from the terrorists in the operation.

Giving a major jolt to terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, Indian forces on Sunday gunned down Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi, a self-styled operations commander of the terror group, PTI reported.

Three terrorists were also killed in the encounter.

He said while the security personnel were conducting combing operation, they came under a heavy volume of fire from militants hiding in the area. The slain Armymen have been identified as Tamil Nadu's Ilayaraja P, and Gawai Sumedh Waman from Maharashtra.

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Meanwhile, authorities have directed telecom authorities to block mobile Internet services in Budgam district.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir's mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels' cause against Indian rule.almost 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

Seventy young men have joined militancy in the past seven months this year with most of the recruits from three districts in south Kashmir, according to a senior official.

"One person identified as Imtiyaz Ahmed got injured", a police spokesperson said.

The Army, police's SOG and CRPF had launched the operation in the hamlet, around 15 km from Shopian town, on Saturday afternoon after having inputs about the presence of militants.

Two soldiers among them succumbed to injuries last night.

Police said Imtiyaz Ahmad was injured when the bomb was hurled at Badyari Chowk on Saturday evening.

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