Budgam encounter: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir last night, according to ANI report. It has been learned that arms and ammunition have been recovered, the report says. An operation was launched by troops of Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam, the report says. Security forces had launched the cordon-and-search operation last evening. Security forces had received specific intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area, the report says. It has been learned that during the search operation terrorists opened fire on security forces. The security forces had retaliated by resorting to firing. This comes after seven Amarnath yatris were killed and 19 others injured following a bus carrying pilgrims were attacked by terrorists. Meanwhile, the encounter had broken out evening between security forces and militants in central Kashmir’s Budgam, police was quoted as saying by PTI.
Notably, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat rushed to Kashmir yesterday to review the security in the valley following the deadly terrorist attack on the pilgrims’ bus. He had also chaired a security review meeting in Srinagar which was attended by top Army officials, Director General of S P Vaid and Chief Secretary B B Vyas, an Army spokesman said. The Army chief exhorted the commanders and troops to keep up the pressure on the terrorists, the spokesman added, the report said.
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Last month, four heavily armed terrorists had tried to carry out a suicide attack on CRPF camp in Bandipora district. But they were killed in retaliatory fire by security forces, as per PTI report.