FOUR MILITANTS, including a Pakistani national, have been killed in two encounters in Srinagar and Kulgam, according to police.
“A total of two operations have taken place in the Valley in the last 24 hours. In Srinagar, three militants were killed on Sunday and they were all locals. In Kulgam, a foreign terrorist, JeM Commander Tayab Waleed, was killed. In both the operations, there was no collateral damage,” IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told The Indian Express on Sunday.
A cordon and search operation was launched in the Zadibal area of Srinagar, leading to a gunbattle on Sunday morning, in which three militants affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) were killed.
Internet services were suspended in Srinagar district before the encounter.
“The hiding terrorists were repeatedly appealed to surrender through family members and community members of the area but they instead started firing indiscriminately upon the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” J&K police spokesperson said. “All the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM/ ISJK.”
The three militants were identified as Srinagar resident Shakoor Farooq Langoo, Shahid Ahmad Bhat of Bijbehara’s Semthan and Mohsin from Srinagar’s Anchar, police said in the evening. Mohsin was missing since May 26, police sources said.
A Pakistani national was killed and two militants managed to escape during another encounter in Kulgam on Saturday, police sources said.
“The killed terrorist was identified as Tayab Waleed @ Imran Bhai @ Gazi Baba, a Pakistani national affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM. According to police records he was operational commander of JeM and was an expert in making IEDs besides being a sharpshooter,” the police spokesperson said.
Police said they have recovered a US-made M4 carbine from the encounter site.
Addressing the media on Sunday, IGP Kashmir said that 106 militants have been killed so far this year and there are 150-200 active militants in the Valley, most of them in south Kashmir.
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