NEW DELHI, May 16 (Xinhua) — Security forces shot dead four militants in the Doda district in India-controlled Kashmir Tuesday morning, local media reported.
Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) said the four Hizb-ul Mujahideen militants, suspected to be involved in recent violence of the Doda district, were killed near Banihal, about 200 km north of Jammu, after a three-hour shootout.
It is the first major killing of militants after the May 1 massacre of 22 Hindus in Kulhand Village of Doda, according to IANS.
The four militants were shot dead in an encounter, after Indian security forces launched an operation in Banihal early this morning, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
While the operation was in progress, details about the identity of slain militants were being ascertained, PTI said.
Security forces found a large quantity of arms and ammunition from the site deep in the woods, IANS added.
The Hizb-ul Mujahideen stands for the integration of India-controlled Kashmir with Pakistan. Indian media usually say it is one of the largest "terrorist outfits" operating in Kashmir. Enditem