Published On: Tue, Jul 4th, 2017

Body of third terrorist killed in J&K’s Pulwama encounter recovered, search on

Srinagar: In an operation that has continued for over 24 hours, the gun-battle between the terrorists and the security forces may have ended with the recovery of the body of a third slain terrorist from a house blown off by the security forces in Pulwama, the search and combing operation continues in the area on Tuesday.

The exact identity of the slain terrorists is still being established

According to a senior police official, the encounter between the hiding terrorists and the security forces started on Monday morning in Bahmnoo village. “Since the locals were creating hurdle in the operation by resorting to stone-pelting, the encounter got stretched but the resolute security forces comprising the Army, CRPF and the SOG of the state police succeeded in gunning down three terrorists,” said the police official.

He said that in the process at least six security personnel were also injured besides injury to some of the stone pelters.

“Presence of some more terrorists cannot be ruled out in the area and with the arrival of more forces, the search and combing is on in the area to flush out the remaining terrorists, if at all present in the area,” said the police official.

The exact identity of the slain terrorists is still being established.

However, sources in the security forces said Kifayat Khandey and Jahangeer — two terrorists belonging to the breakaway Zakir Musa group of the Hizbul Mujahideen were among the slain terrorists.

Meanwhile, yet another search operation is on in South Kashmir’s Bandipora where some terrorists fired at a road opening party of the forces. “Immediately after the incident of firing in which a police personnel is reportedly injured, an intensive search operation is on with the entire area being cordoned off,” said police sources.

 

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