Two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants, including a Pakistan national, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag on Monday morning, Jammu and Kashmir Police said.
Police officials said the encounter broke out in Anantnag’s Srigufwara area after a joint cordon-and-search operation was launched by security forces in the area. In the initial firing, police said that one woman was injured.
“During the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given the opportunity to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” a police statement said, adding that one woman also received gunshot injuries.
“In the ensuing encounter, 02 terrorists affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” the statement said.
The police identified one of the slain militants as Nasir alias Shahbaz alias Baz Bai, a Pakistani resident.
Monday’s encounter occurred a day after three militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Baramulla district’s Sopore. Later, J&K Police said two of three slain militants were foreigners.
DIG North Kashmir Range Muhammad Suleman Choudhary, addressing a press conference in Baramulla on Monday, said 16-17 local militants and 35-40 foreign militants are active in North Kashmir.
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