Srinagar-based 15 Corps spokesman Lt.Col. J.S. Brar said: "Based on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Mankal forest of Baramulla district, a joint operation was launched by the army's 1 Naga Regiment and the Jammu and Kashmir Police late yesterday (Wednesday) night. Contact was established with the terrorists (Thursday) morning and in the ensuing gunfight, three unidentified terrorists, likely to be foreigners, have been killed. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. Search operations are in progress."
Brar added three AK-47 rifles, a pistol, an under barrel grenade launcher, cash, two compasses, a Global Positioning System, a radio set, a mobile phone and a large quantity of ammunition were also recovered, the Punjab News Network reported Thursday.
Brar would not confirm whether the group of guerrillas had infiltrated the valley from across the Line of Control, telling journalists, "That can only be confirmed after the searches in the area are over."
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