FIVE Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists were killed on Friday following an overnight encounter with security forces in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. “The bodies of the slain terrorists have been retrieved and the area is being sanitised,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, V K Birdi told PTI after the 18-hour gunfight in Kulgam district ended. Birdi said the bodies of the slain terrorists were located through drone footage. Security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in Nehama village of Kulgam following information about the presence of terrorists in the area on Thursday, the officials said. The search operation turned into a gun battle as the terrorists opened fire towards the security personnel, they added. While the security forces maintained a tight cordon around the area where the ultras are trapped, the operation was suspended overnight, the officials said. Gunshots were exchanged early Friday after a night-long lull at Samno in Nehama area of Kulgam, officials said.
The house where the terrorists were hiding caught fire in the exchange of fire this morning, forcing the militants to come out. The slain terrorists were identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh (PAFF), Yasir Bilal Bhat, Danish Ahmad Thokar, Hanzullah Yaqoob Shah and Ubaid Ahmad Padder (all TRF). While Sheikh had joined the militant ranks in 2021, the others had joined last year or this year. According to the security officials, both PAFF and TRF are shadow outfits of the Lashkar. Terrorist killed in encounter in J-K’s Rajouri: A TERRORIST was killed in an encounter between militants and a joint team of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Friday, officials said. Based on specific information, an operation was launched on Friday morning by a joint team of police, army and CRPF in the Behrote area under the Budhal police station limits, a police spokesperson said. The Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched based on inputs of suspicious movement in the area, the officials said.
The terrorist opened fire from inside a house on the security personnel while they were moving towards the target, the police spokesperson said. “The exchange of fire continued for some time and one terrorist has been killed during the ensuing operation,” she added. One AK-47 rifle, three magazines, three grenades and a pouch have been recovered from the encounter site, she said. The area is under cordon and search is going on, the official said, adding that the identity of the terrorist is being ascertained. Search operation underway in Poonch Security forces on Friday launched a search operation after reports of suspicious movement along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. The search operation was launched in the forward areas along the LoC, including Gursian and Bhata Durian, official sources said.