Two terrorists were gunned down in a joint "cordon and search" operation by Indian Army on Monday morning in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. There was another terrorist trapped in the region, but he managed to flee after the stone pelting by locals distracted the security forces.
The killed terrorist was identified as Kifayat and while another body is yet to be recovered, IG Kashmir confirmed. The search operation has now ended.
Earlier reports suggested that one of the trapped terrorists was a known wanted extremist Jahangir.
"Acting on a specific information, one militant killed in the operation by the Army at Bahmnoo Pulwama. Police and CRPF have joined in. The operation is going on," an official statement said in an earlier statement.
J&K: One terrorist has been gunned down by security forces in Pulwama's Bamnoo, two others trapped. Operation continues (visuals deferred) pic.twitter.com/noyTSYyg3U— ANI (@ANI_news) July 3, 2017
Another joint CASO was launched by Army, Police and CRPF on Sunday night in Pulwama, which was cancelled later. (Read full story here)
In a similar incident, Security forces on Saturday gunned down two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including commander Bashir Lashkari in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday, police said. Bashir Lashkari was behind the killing of six policemen last month.
Two civilians, 44-year-old Tahira and 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan, were also killed during the operation in Brenti-Batpora village in Dialgam area of the district, police said. “The encounter is over. Two militants have been killed,” Director General of Police S P Vaid said.