A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant, who according to the police was a Pakistan national, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir’s Tral on Friday. One policeman was also injured in the gunfight.
A police spokesperson said the J&K Police and security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Dar-Ganiegund area of Tral in Awantipora based on “credible inputs” about the presence of militants in the area.
“As the search operation was going on, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter,” the spokesperson said. Soon after the encounter broke out, authorities suspended mobile internet in the area. Police said that in the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed. According to the J&K Police, the slain militant is a Pakistani with the codename “Anwar”.
“(He) was affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM. He was involved in attacks on security establishments and other civilian atrocities in the area,” the spokesperson said.
During the gunfight, one policeman was injured, and he was evacuated to hospital. Police said his condition is stated to be stable.
The police again asked citizens “not to venture inside the encounter zone, since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials”.
“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials, if any,” the police spokesperson said.
Friday’s encounter came over a week after Usman Haider, the nephew of JeM chief Masood Azhar, was killed in a gun battle in Tral.