An Army jawan, Sepoy Sandeep, was martyred and three terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces began in the Dalipora area of South Kashmir's Pulwama on Thursday morning. As of now, several terrorists are holed up in a house in the area. A joint team of army and Special Operations Group cordoned off the Dalipora area near the police station in Pulwama, following information about the presence of some terrorists in the area. The joint team of forces has intensified the search. Terrorists also opened fire, leading to an encounter.
Jammu and Kashmir: Army Jawan Sepoy Sandeep (in pic) who lost his life in Pulwama encounter earlier today; three terrorists were neutralised in the encounter. pic.twitter.com/trSZkJnYmQ— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2019
Heavy exchange of fire took place between the forces and the terrorists. The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists was being ascertained.
According to intelligence inputs, a top self styled commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was believed to be among those trapped in the security forces’ cordon. One of them -- identified as Rayees Ahmad -- succumbed while his brother Mohammad Younus was taken to a hospital, the officer said. Meanwhile, authorities have snapped internet services in the district as a precautionary measure.