Three Hizb militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified


Three militants killed in a gunfight with government forces in Awneera village of Shopian in south Kashmir belonged to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit, police said today.
The slain militants were identified as Umar Majid Sheikh, resident of Kathpora Yaripora; Adil Malik, resident of Malikgund Shopian and Irfan ul Sheikh, resident of Malldaira Shopian.
An official said that three Ak-47 rifles were recovered from their possession.
He said that searches are going on in the area.
Earlier, reports said that operational Commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Yasin Itoo, alias Mehmood Ghaznavi was among the militants trapped inside the village.