Srinagar: Security forces on Thursday killed two Pakistan-supported terrorists who forcefully seized a house and took 2 girls hostage in a village in Kulgam district of Kashmir.
The terrorists were killed in an overnight gunfight after the safe evacuation of the hostages, the Indian Army said.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site, it said.
“On receipt of reliable input about the presence of two terrorists in the general area of village Redwani Bala, Kulgam, the Indian Army, CRPF and JKP launched a cordon and search operation in the area at 5:30 pm on 15 Dec 21,” the Defence spokesman said.
“As per the inputs, the terrorists had forcefully taken shelter in a house in the village,” he said.
“It was also learnt that the terrorists in a cowardly manner had taken two innocent girls as hostages in an attempt to safeguard their lives,” the spokesman added.
The Security Forces responded swiftly and surrounded the house, carried out sustained and careful operation, rescued the beleaguered girls and handed them over to their families, he said.
Soon after the rescue, the terrorists in the house exchanged fire with the forces and were eliminated in the process, the spokesman said.
The terrorists were identified as Amir Bashir Dar and Adil Yusuf, both hailing from Kulgam district.
As per police, 25-year-old Dar alias Danish Bhai alias Danyal was recruited into Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit on April 27 this year by terrorist Mohd Abbas Sheik.
He was a stone pelter in 2016 and had been an overground worker, supporting Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Mohd Aslam Dar.
Yusuf had been radicalised by Amir Bashir Dar and was accompanying him in order to assist him with his terrorist agenda, Army said.