Srinagar: Three militants, including a Pakistani, involved in the abduction and killing of a police constable were killed by security forces in an encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, the police said here.
Constable Mohammad Saleem Shah, who was on leave, was abducted by militants from his residence in Mutalhama area of Kulgam in south Kashmir on Friday.
His body was recovered from a nursery near village Redwani Payeen on Saturday. The body bore severe torture marks indicating that he was brutally tortured to death by the militants, a police spokesman said.
The spokesman said a joint patrol of security forces launched searches at Redwani area in Kulgam district in south Kashmir on Sunday morning after receiving credible inputs about the presence of the militants in a cluster of houses.
As the security forces advanced, hiding terrorists fired resulting in a brief encounter in which three terrorists were killed. No collateral damage occurred during the encounter, the spokesman said.
Concerted efforts of the security forces resulted in the elimination of the prime accused involved in yesterday's abduction and killing of Constable Saleem Shah at Kulgam, a police spokesman said.
He said on the basis of the incriminating materials seized, the killed militants were identified as Muawiya, a foreigner of Pakistani origin, Suhail Ahmad Dar, a resident of Redwani Balaa and Mudassar alias Rehaan of Katarsoo.
As per police records, the terrorists were affiliated with the LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) and HM (Hizbul Mujahideen), the spokesman said.