5 terrorists gunned down, 7 troopers hurt as J&K crackdown enters day 2

Five terrorists were killed and seven security personnel were injured as the anti-terror operations at various locations entered day 2 in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The forces are battling it out at four locations – three in north Kashmir and 1 in south Kashmir. The internet services in the area have been suspended to thwart any rumour-mongering. In Bandipora’s Hajin, the security operation is in last stage. The forces have launched a search operation to retrieve the bodies of the terrorists killed in the encounter. Generally, the bodies are strapped with explosives to cause maximum damage. Two people were made hostage out of which one boy is still missing. As of now, two terrorists have been neutralised.

In a fresh statement on Baramulla security operation, the Indian Army said that, “one of the two terrorists killed in the gunfight has been identified as Aamir Rasool of Sopore. Incriminating material has also been recovered at the site of encounter, it is understood that the other killed terrorist is a Pakistani national.”

“According to the police records, both the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed and were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. They were involved in conspiring and executing many terror attacks in the area. Several terror crime cases were registered against both the terrorists,” the statement added.

“Arms and ammunition including AK 47 rifles were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror cases,” the army said.

In Sopore’s Warpora, gunfight is still underway, one terrorist is believed to be cornered in a building. In Baramullah’s Kandi Kalantara, 2 terrorists have been killed. However, seven got injured in the operations. Among them, two 2 are said critical. In Shopian’s Ratnipora, brief exchange of fire happened between terrorists and security forces during night, one local terrorist believed to be dead however body has not been retrieved yet.

Internet services have been snapped in all four places as precautionary measures.

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