Indian security forces eliminated three militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group (banned in Russia) in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, one police officer was injured during the operation, local media reported on Saturday.
According to the Hindustan Times newspaper, citing the police, the operation was carried out in the village of Amargarh in Jammu and Kashmir state. The police cordoned off the area at around midnight local time (18:30 GMT on Friday), and the gunfire started around 02:00 a.m. local time and lasted for some four hours, the media added.
The security forces requested the terrorists to surrender, but the militants responded with fire, the newspaper added, citing Rajeshwar Jamwal, an army officer.
Two of the militants killed in the operation were already identified as residents of Baramulla and Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
On Tuesday, two more Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in the district of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, including the group’s senior commander Abu Dujana.
The Jammu and Kashmir region has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Following several armed conflicts, the two countries agreed to a ceasefire in 2003. Since then, both sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce. The unstable situation in the region led to the emergence of extremist groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Established in 1987, Lashkar-e-Taiba has become one of the largest militant groups operating in the disputed region. It is considered responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that claimed the lives of 166 people.