Srinagar : An 18-year-old terrorist sympathizer and two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were killed in a counter insurgency operation in Kundalan village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. More than 50 people, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and one soldier of the Indian Army, were injured when terrorists’ sympathizers, trying to disrupt the operation, clashed with security forces near the encounter site.
Personnel from the Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were conducting a cordon and search operation in the area when holed-in terrorists opened fire, triggering a gunfight in which two terrorists were killed.
“On the basis of documents and other incriminating evidence obtained from the encounter site, one of the slain terrorists was identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh from Shopian’s Rawalpora. He was a school dropout and had joined the terror outfit after going missing from his home in April 2018. The second terrorist was identified as Babar, a JeM commander from Pakistan. Both were involved in several attacks on security establishments and civilians,” said a police spokesperson, adding that some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the spot.
A huge number of terrorist sympathizers’ gathered at the encounter site to disrupt the anti-terror operation and over 50 people, including an Army JCO and one soldier, were injured when civilians clashed with the forces. While eight protesters were hospitalized after suffering bullet injuries in the crossfire, the rest were hit by pellets. Among those wounded by bullets, an 18-year-old youth — Tamsheel Ahmad from Vehil, Kachdora — later succumbed at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital. The remaining injured are out of danger, said sources.
Source : TOI