Published On: Sun, Apr 1st, 2018

Three soldiers martyred as 13 terrorists, four civilian killed in J&K encounter

Srinagar: Amid martyrdom of three soldiers, security forces achieved a major success when they gunned down thirteen terrorist in three encounters on Sunday in Kashmir Valley’s Anantnag and Shopian districts.

He summoned the family members of the two terrorists in a bid to persuade them to give themselves up

Among the neutralised terrorists were those who had abducted and murdered Lt Ummer Fayaz in May last year.

What could be viewed as one of the worst rounds of armed clashes between the security forces and terrorists in recent years, the fierce gunfight took place in two places in Shopian district and a third spot in Anantnag district in southern Kashmir.

During these encounters, a large number of civilians came out of their homes to create hurdle in the encounters.

The Army, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force said that besides 13 terrorist neutralised, four civilians were laos killed.

A police official said that one terrorist was killed in Dialgam in Anantnag district while his accomplice was arrested from there.

Seven terrorists were killed in Dragad village of Shopian district and five in Kachdoora village in the same district.

“Three Army soldiers were martyred in these operations,” a police officer said.

Four civilians were also killed in Shopian — one at Dragad and three at Kachdoora.

Addressing a joint press conference at Awantipora in Pulwama district, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said: “Today is a very special day for all our security forces.

“We have killed eight terrorists in two operations…” he said, adding that the third operation was still going on in Kachdoora village – where eventually five terrorists were killed. While security forces had initially claimed three, bodies of two more terrorists were found in the rubble when security forces searched the area afterwards.

Lt Gen Bhatt said two terrorists responsible for killing Lt Fayaz when he was visiting his family on a holiday had been eliminated. Fayaz, posted in the Rajputana Rifles in Akhnoor, was abducted and killed by terrorists in May last year, when he had gone to attend a family wedding, and his body was found the next day.

“I appeal to youths not to get lured by weapons. Anybody who uses weapons will be dealt with in the same manner we dealt with the terrorists today.”

He said Sunday’s was the biggest anti-militancy operation in the Kashmir Valley in a long time.

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief SP Vaid said that at Dialgam, a Senior Superintendent of Police made a special effort to persuade the terrorists to surrender.

He summoned the family members of the two terrorists in a bid to persuade them to give themselves up.

“Instead of surrendering, one of the holed up terrorists opened fire and the security forces had no option but to kill him.

“The other one we caught alive. Operations are carried out most professionally by the security forces.

“Two Army jawans have been martyred in the operation while some others belonging to the Army, CRPF and police have been injured.”

The officer said two civilians were also killed in the fighting.

“One was the house owner in Dragad village where the terrorists were holed up and the other was injured in clashes in Kachdoora.

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