Srinagar: Security forces today achieved a major success as they killed two terrorists who had escaped their dragnet less than a month back and neutralised a potential threat to the crucial Srinagar-Jammu National Highway ahead of the annual Amarnath Yatra.
The terrorists were killed in an encounter in Kreeri area of Dooru in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.
The encounter took place when joint teams of security forces launched a cordon and search operation following an input about the presence of terrorists in the area.
“This encounter is important in 2 aspects: 1st, it is the same group of terrorists who escaped from Watnad encounter on 16/4/22 in which we lost 1 soldier. 2nd, encounter site is very close to NHW (National Highway) & imminent threat to NHW & #Yatra neutralised,” IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar tweeted.
The Amarnath Yatra, which will be taking place physically this time after a gap of two years, is scheduled to begin from June 30.
The pilgrimage to the Holy Cave shrine in the mountains of Pahalgam in Anantnag district of South Kashmir could not take place physically for the last two years because of Covid.
This year’s yatra is expected to be big, with 6 to 8 lakh pilgrims likely to participate.
This was the 4th encounter in Kashmir in the last 10 days and 7 terrorists, including two top terrorist commanders, have been killed in these.