Three JeM terrorists killed in J&K encounter

Srinagar
15 Jul 2017

Three terrorists of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit were today killed in an encounter with security forces in a forest area of Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, a police official said.

While two of the militants were killed this morning, another took shelter inside a cave and was finally killed after several hours of gunbattle in Tral, about 36 kms from here, the official said. He said bodies of all the three militants and their weapons were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle which started early this morning when security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation after receiving information about presence of militants there. He said though the identity of the deceased militants was being ascertained, they belonged to JeM outfit.

"The killing of the militants is a major setback for the outfit which is trying to revive its activities in the valley," the official said. He said security forces faced stone-pelting during the operation but exercised maximum restrain while dealing with it. Some people indulged in stone-pelting and tried to march towards the encounter scene to help the militants escape but were chased away by the security forces, the official said, adding there was no report of any casualty among the civilians. An Army jawan was killed today in firing and mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops in Rajouri sector of Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the defence spokesman said here.

Lance Naik Mohammed Naseer, 35-year-old from border district of Poonch in J&K, was hit during the firing and shelling by the Pakistani troops on the Indian forward posts, the spokesman said.