The Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army killed five militants in a joint operation in south Kashmir Saturday. Later, a civilian was killed after the forces fired on youths protesting the killing of the militants.
J&K Police said the militants were involved in the killing of policemen in South Kashmir, and described the operation as a “huge success for the police and security forces”. The operation began Friday night, when a joint team of the police, Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off Chowgam village of Kulgam after inputs about the presence of militants.
Early Saturday morning, as the forces zeroed in on a target house, the militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight. The exchange of fire continued for several hours, and culminated in the killing of all five militants in the house. “A huge success for police and security forces,” J&K Police tweeted after the encounter. “It was a combo of HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) and LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) terrorists involved in a series of terror acts.”
Police have identified the…