PHOTOGRAPHS BY BHAT BURHAN and SAIDE ZAHOOR
A group of five militants, affiliated with different outfits including Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were Saturday killed in an encounter that raged between forces and militants in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
A civilian was also killed in the clashes that erupted near the gunfight site in Chowgam village of Kulgam district.
Officials said that on credible inputs about the presence of militants, a joint operation was launched by police and forces in the intervening night in Chowgam area of Qazigund Kulgam.
Police spokesman identified the slain militants as Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif resident of Adijan Kulgam, Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood resident of Yamrach Kulgam, Zahid Ahmad Mir alias Hashim resident of Okey Kulgam, Masroor Molvi alias Abu Darda resident of Fatehpora Anantnag and Zahoor Ahmad Lone alias Rehman Bhai resident of Nagnad Noorabad Damhal Hanjipora.