New Delhi, July 17: Three militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday. In what was termed as a ‘chance encounter’ between the militants and the security officials, the three of the terrorists were slayed and arms were recovered from them.

Initially reports arrived about gunshots being heard in Anatnag’s Bulbul Nowgam and Brakpora areas and it was only later that the encounter was ascertained. Following the initial report, ANI reported that three terrorists were killed and security officials were searching any more miscreants. According to reports, operation was underway in Anantnag’s Wani Hama village.

The three terrorists were later found to be members of the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. In thsi joint operation of the security forces, the Army, Paramilitary forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police worked together. No casualty or injury was reported from the side of the security forces.

Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police, SP Vaid said to ANI, “In a chance encounter 3 terrorists killed near Anantnag by joint team of security forces, identities are being ascertained.” Following the end of the operations, the bodies of all three terrorists were recovered. In terms of arms and ammunition, an AK47 rifle, a Self-loading rifle (SLR) and a pistol was recovered from them.

Th crackdown on terrorist forces have gained a major boost with today’s encounter. With situation in Kashmir ever-deteriorating, with ceaseless attacks by terrorist forces, Pakistan’s ceasefire violations, and growing tension between locals and the security forces, today’s encounter is expected to help realise the dream of a terror free Kashmir.

Last week, suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants opened fire at a bus ferrying pilgrims to the Amarnath Shrine in Anantnag. This attack claimed seven lives, mostly women and injured more than a dozen.