Srinagar: Two terrorists, who killed a policeman over a fortnight back, were eliminated today in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Kashmir, police said.
The slain terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist outfit, the police said.
The operation, based on specific information about the presence of terrorists, was launched last evening in Gundipora area of Pulwama, it said.
As the cordon was being laid in the village and security forces moved closer to the hiding place of the terrorists, they came under fire.
The security forces retaliated but soon after it got dark and the terrorists used it to spread out to 2-3 houses, the police said.
Subsequently, the operation was put on hold for the night, IGP (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar said.
The operation was resumed in the morning and the two terrorists were killed one by one.
“The two Jaish terrorists were involved in the killing of unarmed police constable Riyaz Ahmed on May 13,” Kumar said.
Two AK rifles were also recovered from the encounter site.
Considering that both the killed terrorists were locals, the IGP told reporters that the security grid is working to stop recruitment of locals into terrorist fold.
“We are working on a multi-dimensional front to prevent local youth from joining terrorism and those who motivate and lure youth towards militancy are being booked under Public Safety Act ,” he said.