Terrorist thanks troops for allowing him to surrender during Shopian encounter

A terrorist has thanked the security forces for allowing him to surrender during an encounter in south Kashmir district of Shopian, where four Al-Badr terrorists, including a former policeman, turned commander, were killed on Friday.

In a video message, the terrorist identified as Adil Rashid Bhat, a resident of Awantipora, Pulwama said he thanks troops for allowing him to surrender during the encounter at Kiloora Shopian.

Bhat said he will continue his studies and become a doctor to serve the people of the state and country.

According to reports, as the encounter ensued between terrorists and security forces during a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on Friday, Col A K Singh who was leading from the front learnt that all terrorists are locals. He offered them to surrender. However, terrorists refused and continued firing, reports said.