Four militants were killed in two separate anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Pulwama districts on Tuesday.
Two militants killed in Pulwama were planning to carry out a suicide attack on a security forces’ camp, the J&K Police said.
“Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Mukhtar Bhat is among the three killed terrorists [in Pulwama’s Awantipora area],” Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Vijay Kumar said. “As per source, he, along with a foreign terrorist, was going for ‘ fidayeen’ attack on security forces’ camp. The Awantipora police and the Army averted a major terror incident.”
The ADGP said Bhat was involved in the killing of one Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Central Reserve Police Force and two Railway Protection Force personnel.
One AK-47 rifle, one AK-56 rifle and one pistol were recovered from the encounter site at Pulwama’s Awantipora.
Police also arrested three militants in Srinagar and “10 kilogrammes bucket Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and two hand grenades” were recovered from them.
“The IED is being destroyed in-situ in the Rangreth area by the Bomb Disposal Squad. A case has been registered under Sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Arms Act, and Explosives Act,” the police said.