Srinagar, Jul 22: Three terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Khudwani area of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Three weapons have also been recovered. The terrorists are believed to be the ones who abducted, tortured and killed policeman Mohammad Salim Khan on Saturday. Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag districts. (Last Video of J&K Cop Abducted, Killed by Terrorists Surfaces: Watch)Also Read - Vaishno Devi Yatra: Jammu & Kashmir Govt Issues Fresh COVID Guidelines For Devotees. Full List Here

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The encounter broke out in Wani Mohalla locality of the district during wee hours as security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Khudwani after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area. Operation is being carried out by a joint team of J&K Police, Indian Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Also Read - Turkey Joins Pakistan in FATF Grey List. Details Here

Briefing about the encounter, J&K DGP SP Vaid tweeted, “3 bodies of terrorists recovered with three weapons so far from encounter site.” In an earlier tweet he informed that the trapped terrorists are the ones who killed J&K police constable Mohd Salim. “Terrorists group that tortured our colleague CT Mohd Saleem of Kulgam & killed him brutally are all trapped in an encounter with J&K Police/Army/CRPF in Khudwani Kulgam.”

Mohammad Salim Khan, a police constable who was abducted by terrorists from his residence, was found dead in Kulgam district on Saturday. His bullet-riddled body was recovered from Qaimoh Gath area.

The constable was on leave when he was abducted on Friday night from his residence in the Mutalhama area of the district. A massive manhunt was launched to trace Khan, earlier yesterday.

While the identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was yet to be ascertained, the police had yesterday said the militants behind the abduction and killing of the constable belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

Earlier on Saturday, an encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Tanghdar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. No casualties were reported.

In the past six months, at least 100 terrorists and 43 security personnel have been killed. The same was confirmed by the Union Minister Hansraj Ahir.