3 Militants Gunned Down & 7 Security Officials Injured In Srinagar Gunfight

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Update: A Pakistani commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and two Kashmiri militants were killed and seven security men injured in an 18-hour-long gun battle that ended on Sunday in the outskirts of the Jammu and Kashmir capital. The exact identity of the slain militants was being ascertained.

Srinagar: A gunfight that started on Saturday evening in the outskirts here continues on Sunday, a Jammu and Kashmir Police official said.

A tip off about militant presence that led the security forces to surround Mujgund area, had left a soldier, a trooper and three policemen injured on Saturday as the holed up militants opened fire on them.

In the last 18 hours, the security forces have been able to bring down a few militants. Informed sources put the number of slain militants at two.

A lone militant continued firing at the security forces shifting his location in the encounter site, a police officer said, adding that an official confirmation on slain militants would only come after a body count. Authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in Srinagar district.

Earlier, a police official said a militant, believed to be a foreigner was giving them tough time by changing locations.

The gunfight broke out last evening after the forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Mujgund following inputs about the presence of militants. Several forces’ personnel were injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants.

Last night, news reports said that two bodies, believed to be militants, were lying at the gunfight site. However, there was no official confirmation.

“Due to poor visibility, it is not clear whether any militant has been killed,” said SSP Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail, adding that things will be confirmed after the site is cleared.