J&K, May 31, 2019:
Three terrorists were killed by security forces in a nine-hour long fierce gunfight in Dragad Sugan area of Shopian in South Kashmir region in Jammu & Kashmir. Security sources have said that the post encounter sanitization and search operation is on.
A joint team of army, J&K police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of at least three terrorists who were reported to be lurking in the area.
Earlier, one terrorist was killed and a para commando of the army were injured in the counter terror operation in the area. Later, after a lull in the exchange of gunfire, fresh firing started between the holed up terrorists and the forces personnel leading to killing of two more terrorists. Arms and ammunition was also recovered from the encounter site.
Sources said that three slain terrorists were from Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar e Toiba outfits. However, security officials said that the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists shall be undertaken after conclusion of the operation in the area.
It may be mentioned that security forces have scaled up anti-terror activities in the Kashmir valley since the dastardly Pulwama attack which left at least CRPF personnel dead after a Jaish terrorist rammed an explosives-laden SUV into a military convoy truck.
According to reports, at least 20 terrorists have been eliminated this month alone.
Last week, security forces eliminated one of the most wanted terrorists in Dadsara Tral area. Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, had formed an al Qaeda-linked group Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind. It may be mentioned that Musa had attained an almost cult-like status in the valley and his death was mourned by many.
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