3 terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir encounter

Army personnel take positions during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, March 12 (Xinhua) - Three militants were killed Monday in a gunfight with joint contingents of police and army in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

"Pursuing credible leads of presence of militants, security forces started a search operation in the Hakoora area of Anantnag", a police spokesman said.

Meanwhile, suspected terrorists hurled a grenade on a CRPF guard post in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Saturday evening, but there was no damage, police had said. The identity of the third militant was being ascertained.

Apprehending protests, the authorities imposed restrictions in areas under the jurisdictions of Soura and four other police station areas, the police said.

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Fearing protests in Srinagar, authorities ordered the closure of all educational institutions in the city, while restrictions were imposed in sensitive areas.

"It is pertinent to mention that among the slain terrorists, one was involved in a recent attack on a police guard post at Soura in which one police constable was killed", the police statement said. High speed internet facilities have also been curtailed.

The police claimed recovery of three assault rifles and some ammunition from the gunfight site. Eesa Fazli hailed from Srinagar while Syed Owais was from Kokernag.

He said that after a brief encounter, three terrorists were killed.

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