Four terrorists killed in two encounters in J-K

Srinagar : The security forces on Thursday killed four terrorists in two separate encounters in Budgam and Sopore districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police jointly launched anti-terrorist operations in the Putlipora-Pakharpora area in Budgam district and Sagipora area in Sopore district.

Talking to ANI, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Munir Khan said, “The Army, the Budgam police and the CRPF launched a joint operation after getting specific information that three to four Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and one local militant were hiding in a house of Putlipora-Pakharpora. The moment the cordon was established in that particular house, the militants started firing on the search parties. It’s basically a big house; that’s why it took some time to neutralise these militants. Three militants have been killed and we are looking for another one.”

He also said that one civilian was injured during the encounter due to bullet injury and has been shifted to the hospital where his condition is stable.

Talking about the Sopore encounter, Khan said there was specific information about two terrorists trapped in the Sagipora Top area of Sopore district.

“The security forces cordoned the hideout of the terrorist, but the terrorists started running towards the Sagipora village as soon as they saw security forces. One of the militants has been killed near Sagipora village. The search is on for another militant,” Khan said.

He added that Sagipora encounter may take some time as there are 30-40 houses which are to be searched thoroughly.

Replying to a poser, Khan said, “There has been increased infiltration of JeM Cadre from Poonch, Kupwara and Gurej side. They are scattered in the different parts of the valley. That is why we are having encounters with JeM Cadres.”

In the Budgam encounter, the security forces recovered one AK-47 rifle, and one totally burnt weapon, which could be M-4 rifle. One killed terrorist has been identified as Shabbir, who was a local militant. Rest two terrorists are foreign militants belonging to the JeM. (ANI)