Efforts of the forces to avoid collateral damage will continue: DGP
Three local militants were killed in a gunfight with Police and paramilitary CRPF while a woman was killed in "cross firing" in Batamaloo area of Srinagar city on Thursday.
The gunfight took place in the heart of the city where many security and civil establishments including civil secretariat are located.
The anti-militancy operation began at around 3:30 am after Police received intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
A senior Police officer said that the forces were zeroing in on the target location, where militants had taken shelter, when they were fired at by the militants.
He said the forces retaliated, triggering a gunfight in which three militants were killed.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said that the killed militants were from south Kashmir and arms and ammunition was recovered from the trio.
A woman identified as Kousar Jan was also killed allegedly in "cross firing" during the gunfight.
She had no links with the militants and her body will be handed over to family, Singh said during a news conference here.
Two CRPF men were also injured in the gunfight.
The Police chief said 177 militants had been killed in 72 operations in Jammu Kashmir this year so far and of them 165 were killed in Kashmir and 12 in Jammu region.
He said among the killed militants, 22 were from Pakistan associated with different militant outfits.
"Around 20 youth, who picked up guns, returned," Singh said and appealed to the youth not to choose the path of militancy.
He said Pakistan was trying to float new militants outfits to create confusion while efforts were being made to revive Al-Badr outfit in Kashmir.
Militants keep coming to Srinagar from other districts of south and north Kashmir, the DGP said.
He said the forces were alert and whenever leads are received they go after the militants and Thursday's anti-militancy operation was the seventh of its kind in Srinagar this year.
"The effort of the forces to avoid collateral damage will continue," Singh said.