Srinagar, June 27: Police on Monday said that two Lasker-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Nowpora-Kherpora, Trubji area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Police identified the slain as Zubair Ahmad Mir resident of Qaimoh Kulgam and Idrees Ahmad Dar resident of Kulpora Kulgam.
Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar termed Kulgam operation important saying that encounter site was very close to Srinagar-Jammu Highway ( yatra route) as also LeT ( TRF) has been issuing threats to Yatra.
He said 1 AK 47 rifle and 1 pistol were recovered from the encounter site.
A top police officer told Rising Kashmir that two local terrorists were killed in Kulgam operation and both were active for several months in south Kashmir areas.
“So far 120 terrorists including 32 foreign terrorists have been killed in Kashmir. Out of 120, 79 terrorists belonged to LeT and 26 were from Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit,” he said.
A police spokesman said acting on specific information generated by Police regarding the presence of terrorists in village Nowpora-Kherpora, Trubji area of Kulgam, a joint cordon & search operation was launched by Police , Army (1RR) and CRPF in the said area.
“During the search operation, as the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorist fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter,” he said.
However, in order to evacuate the civilians trapped around the encounter site, the joint team ensured the evacuation of all civilians to the safer places, the spokesman added.
He said that in the encounter, two local terrorists of proscribed LeT outfit were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter.
The spokesman added that as per police records, both killed terrorists were categorized and involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on Police, security forces and civilian killings including the killing of PRIs.
Meanwhile, police recovered incriminating materials, arms, and ammunition from the site of the encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.
In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and an investigation has been initiated. “People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” the spokesman said.