Indian forces kill 8 militants in separate operations in Jammu, Kashmir

NEW DELHI, At least eight militants were killed and 12 Indian personnel were injured on Thursday in three separate encounters in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, official Indian sources said.

Quoting several official sources, the All India Radio said that in three encounters that took place in Kupwara, Baramulla and Jammu districts of the troubled state eight militants including three Pakistani nationals were killed.

In a fierce shootout soon after a failed militant attempt to infiltrate into the Indian territories from across the Line of Control in Keran sector of Kupwara district, the Indian forces killed three unidentified militants, the All India Radio said quoting army sources.

In another incident in Jhajjar Kotli area of Jammu district, the forces killed three militants, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said.

Earlier in the day, Indian defense sources said that two militants were gunned down following an encounter in Sopore town of Baramulla district taking the total number of militants killed today to eight. One of the two slain militant in Sopore, according to the police, was the mastermind behind an earlier attack in Sopore which had killed four police officials.

New Delhi accuses Islamabad of supporting and funding the armed groups in Kashmir, claims which Islamabad denies.

Source: Kuwait News Agency