6 terrorists gunned down in Shopian, Pulwama

While three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, a civilian and a soldier were killed in the encounter in Pulwama, three terrorists were eliminated during a gun battle with security forces in Shopian

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Shopian/Pulwama: Losing one civilian and a soldier, the Indian security forces on Thursday killed six terrorists after encounters in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

A police spokesman said, “While three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, a civilian and a soldier were killed in the encounter in Pulwama, three militants were eliminated during a gun battle with security forces in Shopian district. On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched this morning by police and security forces at Delipora area in district Pulwama.”

The spokesman said as the security forces were evacuating the target house, the hiding terrorists started firing indiscriminately. “One army jawan Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life,” he added.

In the retaliatory action, three terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved. “They were identified as Naseer Pandith of Kareemabad Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and Khalid from Pakistan.”

According to the police records, the slain terrorists were affiliated to proscribed terror outfit JeM. They were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, the spokesperson said.

“Naseer Pandith had a long history of terror crime records before joining a terrorist organization and several terror crime cases were registered against him for planning and executing terror attacks in the area after joining proscribed terror outfit JeM. He was also involved in the killing of a policeman Mohammad Yaqoob Shah of Pulwama in 2018 on the eve of Eid,” the spokesman said. He said, Khalid, who was operating as a JeM commander, was involved in several terror attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area.

“Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter and During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. In the initial exchange of fire, one army jawan identified as Sepoy Rohit also sustained injuries. He has been hospitalized and is undergoing treatment,” the officer added.