An encounter broke out on Wednesday morning between security forces and terrorists in Memander area of Jammu and Kashmirâ€™s Shopian district. Two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists have been killed in the encounter. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Memander area of Shopian following information about the presence of terrorists there, the officials said.Â The encounter started at 4.20 am. A joint team of Army's 23 Para, CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) launched a cordon and search operation in Shopian following the inputs.
Jammu & Kashmir: Visuals from Memander area of Shopian district where an encounter had started earlier today. Firing has stopped now. Search operation is underway. (visuals deferred by unspecified time) pic.twitter.com/ZXhPpmDHLJâ€” ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2019
This comes a day after the Indian Air Force carried out pre-dawn airstrikes on Tuesday and destroyed major launch pads of terrorists in Pakistanâ€™s Balakot.Â More than 10 bombs were dropped by the multi-role fighter jet Mirage 2000 at around 3:30 am. The attack was confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. In a brief statement issued to media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale spoke about â€˜intelligence operation.â€™ â€œIn an intelligence lead operation in the early hours today, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander, and Jihadis were eliminated,â€ Gokhale said. â€œCredible information was received that JeM was attempting other attacks in the country. A pre-emptive strike became important. India struck the biggest camp of JeM in Balakot,â€ Gokhale added.Â