A top Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander and his associate were killed on Sunday in a joint operation by the J&K police and the Army in the Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. An armyman was also injured in the encounter.
On Sunday afternoon, security personnel cordoned off the Hariparigam village in Tral after receiving information about the presence of militants there.
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As the security personnel zeroed in on the hideout, the militants started firing indiscriminately. The joint team retaliated and the encounter lasted for several hours. “Two foreign militants, identified as Aadil Pathan and Chota Burmi of Jaish Mohammad outfit, have been killed,” police spokesperson Manoj Kumar said.
“Two AK-47 rifles, a grenade, four magazines and 80 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the encounter site,” he added.
Pathan, a top JeM commander and a resident of Pakistan, was active in south Kashmir for several years and was one of the wanted militants. The other militant, police sources said, is believed to be a Burmese national.