3 militants killed in separate gun fighting in India-controlled Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Three militants were killed in two separate gun fighting by Indian army troops and police in India-controlled Kashmir, defense spokesman said Saturday.

Two militants, including a Divisional Commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit, were killed by a Indian army and police early Saturday in Jammu's Doda district, said an army spokesman.

Army spokesman in Jammu Lt. Col. Biplav Nath, army and police Friday night got specific information and cordoned off Dhar Bighnan area in Doda district, 178-kilometers northeast of Jammu.

The spokesman said army troopers managed a contact with militants around 1:00 a.m. and the militants present in the area fired upon the troopers, triggering an encounter that lasted several hours.

"In the gunfight two militants one owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Toiba and the other one belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen were killed," said Nath.

The spokesman identified the Divisional commander as a Pakistani national, and the other militant as a local.

Army also claims to have recovered some arms and ammunition from the site of encounter.

In another gunfight in Kangan, 47-kilometers north of Srinagar, one militant was killed in a joint operation launched by Indian army and police.

"One militant has been killed and the search operation is going on. We are ascertaining his identity," said Lt. Col. J.S. Brar, Indian army spokesman in Srinagar.