Three Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists, together with two Pakistanis, allegedly to blame for finishing up an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year, were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir, police said on Tuesday.
One terrorist, who had managed to escape from the encounter site, was also in remission by the police from a hospital of Anantnag district of South Kashmir, they said.
The encounter broke on Monday when the terrorists opened fire on a military convoy, on its way to Srinagar, at Qazigund on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed in the attack whereas another sustained injuries.
The security forces cordoned off the area and launched a probe for the terrorists. The search operation becomes an encounter with militants that concluded at 2 am this morning, the police said.
The police identified the dead militants as Yawar Basir, who could be a native militant, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists). Basir, hailing from Habash of Kulgam, joined ranks with Lashkar-e-Tayiba this year in Feb after snatching a weapon from a police officer.