Two terrorists, including one top Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorist Sajad Afghani, was killed during an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian on Monday. The killing of Afghani, instrumental in recruiting terrorists, was confirmed by DGP Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh. The encounter in Shopian began on Saturday and entered the third day today.
The other slain terrorist was identified as Lashkar affiliated Jahangir Ahmad Wani from Rakh Narapora.
A joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, the army’s 34 RR and the CRPF on Saturday.
Police said during the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given an opportunity to surrender, however, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which retaliated leading to an encounter.
Police said on Sunday morning repeated announcements were again made to hiding terrorist to surrender but the terrorist fired on the joint search party which to Jahangir Ahmad Wani’s death. Wani was affiliated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Arms and ammunition, including US-made M4 Carbine rifle and other incriminating materials, were recovered from the site of the encounter.
(With IANS inputs)