Three more freedom fighters killed in Kashmir

For representational purposes | PTI

For representational purposes | PTI

With this a total of 20 militants, including five infiltrators, were killed this month in different encounters with security forces in the valley.

In north Kashmir, suspected militants opened fire after police and army started a cordon and search operation at Wahab Parray Mohalla in Hajin area of Bandipora district.

Three Kashmiri rebels and two Indian soldiers have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region, police said Sunday.

Two militants are still holed up in the area, The Times of India reported.

On Wednesday, three terrorists have been killed in an encounter at Tral in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. There were reports that one of the militants could be a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. Two Army jawans were also martyred in the encounter, while four others were injured.

The injured soldiers are being treated at the army's base hospital in Badami Bagh area of Srinagar.

A police official said a body was lying at the encounter site.

The youth identified as Umar Majid Sheikh, Adil Malik and Irfan Sheikh were martyred by troops during a siege and search operation in Awneera area of the district.

At least 130 militants and 39 soldiers have died in clashes so far this year, officials say.

"They emerged from the rubble after overnight lull and fired indiscriminately at our men". However, many were injured during the protests which turned in to clashes as government forces resorted to tear gas shelling and pellet firing.