- Terrorist involved in Kulgam, was involved in several attacks on police/security forces
- Second terrorist killed in Drabgam area of Pulwama district
- Arms and ammunition including a .303 rifle, a pistol and a hand grenade were recovered
Two terrorists were killed in separate encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam and Pulwama districts on Saturday. Acting on specific information regarding the presence of a terrorist in Khandipora village area of Kulgam, security forces launched a cordon and search operation, a police spokesman said.
During the search operation, as soon as the search party reached the suspected spot, the hiding terrorist fired indiscriminately at the security forces, which was retaliated effectively, which led to an encounter, he said.
However, the forces ensured that all civilians are shifted to safe places to rescue the civilians trapped around the encounter site, the spokesman said.
In the ensuing encounter, a classified terrorist identified as Rasik Ahmad Ghani, a resident of Shauch Kulgam of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen, was gunned down and his body was recovered from the encounter site, he said. An army official said that a soldier was also injured in the encounter.
He was taken to Army’s 92 Base Hospital here, where his condition is said to be stable, the official said.
The police spokesman said that as per police records, the slain terrorist was involved in several terror offenses including attacks on police/security forces and atrocities on civilians.
Incriminating material, arms and ammunition including one .303 rifle, 23 rounds, 31 rounds with a pistol, one hand grenade etc were recovered from the encounter site. The spokesman said that all the recovered materials have been taken on the case record for further investigation.
Meanwhile, another terrorist was killed in an encounter that took place earlier in the day in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The spokesman said that the encounter took place in Drabgam area of the district. One terrorist has been killed, the spokesman said, adding that the operation was on.