Srinagar: Security forces in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have killed three terrorists of the dreaded terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), including a Pakistani, in two encounters in Kulgam in the last 24 hours. A large quantity of weapons has also been recovered from these terrorists. A joint operation was launched by police, Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the area after security forces received a tip-off that three militants were hiding in the Ahwatoo area of Kulgam.
As soon as the security forces reached the suspected place, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately. Two terrorists were killed in retaliatory action by the security forces. The militants have been identified as Mohammad Shafi Ganie of Batpora and Mohammad Asif Wani alias Yawar of Takia Gopalpora. According to police records, both the slain terrorists were associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Police said the two terrorists were involved in several terror crimes, including attacks on police/security forces and atrocities on civilians.
Earlier on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police along with the Army and CRPF launched a joint cordon and search operation in Batpora village of Kulgam following information about the presence of militants in the area. As soon as the joint search team reached the suspected spot during the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired at the civilians as well as the joint team to escape. Though the civilians were shifted to safer places, an Army jawan and two civilians were hit by bullets. He was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment. After this, a Pakistani terrorist of Jaish, Abu Hurrah, was killed.