Security forces gunned down two terrorists on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir. The two belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit and they were killed in an encounter with security forces in Hadoora village in the northern district of Ganderbal, authorities said.
An officer said the operation was conducted by 5 Rashtriya Rifles, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of police and the Central Reserve Police Force. The gun battle started earlier today after security forces came to know militants hid out inside a house. As soon as the security forces cordoned off the area and intensified the search operation, the terrorists opened fire at them. The gun battle lasted more than six hours.
Unconfirmed reports suggested the names of the two terrorists as Abu Anas and Abu Ali. Forces recovered two AK-47 rifles from them. However, the search operation is still going on.
Another terrorist was also killed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Tuesday. A representative from the Defence Ministry Lt Col Manish Mehta told IANS that the incident occurred at Sunderbani sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said, “Troops deployed along the LoC detected the terrorists. They engaged the infiltrating terrorists with automatic weapons. One terrorist was eliminated while the rest fled towards Pakistan.”
Security is beefed up across the valley ahead of the January 26 preparations. The official said, “This action assumes significance in view of a large number of intelligence reports of likely terrorist attacks around January 26.”
Police claimed after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, many youths joined militancy. Around 59 youths joined militant ranks and they snatched more than 60 weapons from the police officials.
According to the official figures from police and other agencies, the number of total militants in the valley is around 275 to 300 including foreigners.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked the J&K police to convince the local militants to surrender. After that, two militants have surrendered. Police have also contacted the families of some militants. But Hizbul Mujahideen chief Zakir Rashid Bhat Musa in a video message threatened the police not to harass the families of the militants, otherwise, they will not spare their families too.