Kashmir: 3 terrorists killed in encounter

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Scene of encounter site in Ram Bagh area of Srinagar where 3 terrorists were killed today

Srinagar: In a fresh setback to Pakistan-propelled terror outfit ‘The Resistance Front’ (TRF), security forces today killed three of its activists, including a top commander, in a brief gunfight in the heart of Srinagar city of Kashmir.

The encounter took place near the busy Ram Bagh bridge after the terrorists opened fire at security forces.

The killed terrorists included Mehran Shalla, a top commander of the TRF which is the frontal outfit of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the police said.

According to Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar, Mehran was involved in several killings, including the gunning down of two teachers belonging to minority Sikh and Kashmiri Pandit communities — Supinder Kaur and Deepak Chand — over a month back.

Those killings had triggered fear among Kashmir Pandits who are present in miniscule numbers in the Valley.

Another terrorist was identified as Manzoor Ahmed Mir while the identity of the third terrorist was being ascertained, the police said.

The killing of the three terrorists of TRF comes days after five terrorists, including another commander, were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Pombay and Gopalpora villages of Kulgam district of Kashmir.