The bodies of the three LeT terrorists have been recovered. Photograph: (AFP)
The encounter took place between the terrorists and a joint team of security forces
Three terrorists of the Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba have been killed in an encounter near Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday night.
In a chance encounter 3 terrorists killed near Anantnag by joint team of security forces, identities are being ascertained: SP Vaid, J&K DGP— ANI (@ANI_news) July 17, 2017
The encounter broke out at around 8 pm at Anantnag's Wanihama village, following an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces, a defence spokesperson told PTI.
The three slain terrorists, all belonging to terrorist group Lashkar-e-taiba (LeT) were identified as Shaukat Louhar, Mudassir and Zibran.One AK-47, one SLR and one pistol was seized by them.
A joint team of security forces acted on specific information that the terrorists would pass through Anantnag's Wanihama (Brakpora) area in a car. Personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police then laid an ambush, and engaged with them, killing all three, Defence Ministry spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia was quoted as saying.
The LeT is suspected to be behind the Amarnath terrorist attack on July 12 that claimed the lives of seven pilgrims.
The terrorist outfit is also responsible for the killing of SHO Feroz Ahmed and five other policemen on the outskirts of Anantnag district on June 16.
On July 1, security forces shot dead LeT commander Bashir Lakshari - an accused in the killing of Feroz Ahmed and the five policemen - along with another militant from the terrorist group.