Three militants were killed during an alleged gunfight on Wednesday in southern Jammu-Kashmir's Tral area, according to Indian army.
Meanwhile, Hizb's operational spokesperson Burhanuddin in an statement to news gathering agency in Srinagar said three militants killed in the encounter today were on way to rejoin the militant group after leaving Zakir Musa's group. The Kashmir Valley saw an encounter between terrorists and security forces every day.
The situation in Tral and Pulwama areas was tense when reports last came.
The entire area has been cordoned off and the security forces are engaging with the terrorists.
"As the forces conducted the operation, the hidden militants fired at them".
"The three terrorists have been identified as Ishaq Ahmad from Batagund (Tral), Zahid Ahmad from Nowdal (Tral) and Altaf Ahmad from Shopian", he said. He said the bodies have been recovered from the encounter site, and are identified as Zahid Ahmed Bhat from Nawdal Tral, Ishfaq Ahmed from Batgund Tral and Ashraf Dar from Trich Pulwama.
Muhammad Ishaq Bhat was reportedly involved in firing on an attack on police personnel which seriously injured Head Constable Abdul Gani Bhat.
He was also involved in visualising thrashing and torturing of some SPOs on gunpoint and circulated the same on social media.
23-year-old Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, renounced his position from the terrorist group in May 2017. The security forces opened fire, injuring a person who later succumbed to his injuries.