New Delhi: Five militants were killed by the security forces in an ongoing operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, a defence official said on Saturday. “Five terrorists have been killed so far in the operation that began on Friday evening in Kiloora village,” Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told the media here. Jammu and Kashmir Police chief SP Vaid tweeted: “Four more bodies of terrorists visible at encounter site (in) Kiloora, Shopian, taking the total to five terrorists killed. Good Job boys, good for peace.”
The body, which was recovered from the site last night, has been identified as a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, Umar Malik and the weapon recovered along with him was an AK-47. According to media reports, fresh firing has been heard at the site of encounter and search operation is currently on.
“We launched an operation after receiving information that 2 terrorists will visit a village. We were informed that their parents wanted them to surrender. We gave them opportunities to surrender but they fired on us and we retaliated,” Brig V Hariharan said.
In a separate incident, security forces apprehended two suspects with 2 hand grenades in Srinagar’s Pantha Chowk by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operation Group (SOG). They were later handed over to Jammu and Kashmir police.
Recently, Union Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir stated that 87 local youths had joined militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. “After impositions of Governor’s rule in the state on June 20, 12 youths were reported to have disappeared and later joined militancy,” Ahir had said.