Two encounters between security forces and terrorists took place in Kashmir’s Anantnag and Baramulla districts. Reports said one terrorist was killed after the encounter in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district on Wednesday morning. After the death of the militant, protest broke out in the town and adjoining areas.
A police officer told Greater Kashmir that the encounter started after security personnel challenged the militants in Bevoora-Hadigam village of Dachinpora belt of Bijbehara.
There was also a report of gun fighting between security forces and terrorists in the Bomai village of Sopore in the Baramulla district. Security forces commenced search operations in the area after they got information that terrorists are believed to be hiding in a building.
Security forces have been cordoned off the area and launched a combing operation.
The slain terrorist was a local militant named Basit Rasool. Army recovered a weapon and some ammunition from the militant. Search operation underway in the area.
Basit was a resident of Marhama village in the district. Before joining militancy he was pursuing Bachelor of Technology course at the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Anantnag district
A few days ago on December 8, three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Anantnag. Then there was report two terrorists were hiding in Arwani, Anantnag district where a gunbattle erupted between the two sides and is still continuing today.
Army’s Northern Command said in a tweet, “Three holed up terrorists eliminated; bodies of two terrorists & three weapons recovered.”
According to the official, when security forces were controlling a group who was indulging in stone pelting near the encounter site, a resident of Sangam area of Anantnag district, Arif Shah was hit by the “stray bullet”. But locals claimed that Shah was killed during the time of army personnel’s action against protesters.
Many such gunbattles have erupted over the recent months as Pakistan-based terrorists reportedly violated the valley.