5 terrorists killed, 2 held in Kashmir

at 8:24 pm
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Srinagar: Security forces today achieved major successes in Kashmir as they killed 5 terrorists, including a top commander of a terror outfit, and arrested two others with 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), thus averting possible attacks.

Five terrorists were killed in two separate encounters in Kulgam district of South Kashmir, police said.

The encounters took place in Pombai and Gopalpora villages of the district after joint teams of police, Army and CRPF launched separate cordon and search operations (CASO) following inputs about militant presence.

In the encounter in Pombai village, 3 terrorists were killed while 2 were gunned down in the encounter in Gopalpora.

“#Terrorist Commander of proscribed #terror outfit TRF Afaq Sikander killed in #encounter,”  said a tweet by the police quoting Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar.

TRF, or so-called ‘The Resistance Front’, is a terrorist outfit believed to be the front for Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.

Meanwhile, two activists of LeT were apprehended in Pulwama district of South Kashmir and 2 ready-to-use IEDs were recovered from them.

“Major tragedy averted by Pulwama Police & SFs (security forces). 2 LeT terrorist associates namely Amir Bashir & Mukhtar Bhat arrested by Pulwama Police & SFs during joint naka (picket) checking. 2 ready to use IEDs were recovered from their possession. Investigation in progress,” said a tweet by the police quoting the IGP Kashmir.

Elsewhere, in Palhalan in Baramulla district, terrorists carried out a grenade attack, injuring 2 civilians and two personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

“Two jawans of CRPF and two civilians suffered splinter injuries in the blast. The injured CRPF men were identified as ASI Ashok Kumar and Head constable Ashish Das,” a senior police officer said.