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Jammu and Kashmir: 5 terrorists killed in encounter in Kupwara district; search on

Jammu and Kashmir: Five terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out early today in the Kupwara district. A search in the area in underway.

Reported By : Manzoor Mir Edited By : Bhagya Luxmi
Updated on: June 16, 2023 17:59 IST
Encounter underway in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district
Image Source : PTI (REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE) Encounter underway in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district

Jammu and Kashmir: An encounter broke out between terrorists and security personnel on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. As of now, five terrorists have been killed in the encounter. According to Kashmir Zone Police, Amry and Police are jointly taking action against the terrorists in the Jumagund area of LoC of the district. 

"An encounter has started between #terrorists and joint parties of Army & Police on a specific input of Kupwara Police in Jumagund area of LoC of #Kupwara district. Further details shall follow," tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

What had happened?

The terrorists, seasoned in guerilla warfare in Afghan-Pakistan theater, were trying to infiltrate the Indian territory in Jumagund area near LoC in Kupwara district. Based upon specific intelligence developed by Kupwara Police about the likely infiltration of the group of five terrorists, operation was planned with Army, on the possible route of infiltration in Jumagund area and ambushes were laid accordingly.

On being intercepted, the terrorists attacked the joint ambush parties. This was retaliated by well-controlled firepower resulting in the encounter and consequent neutralization without any loss to Indian security forces.

The operation started late midnight and was completed in the early morning hours. The sanitization process is going on. All five dead bodies and arms have been recovered.

The group was affiliated to JKGF, which has Rafiq Nai and Shamsher Nai @ Zafar Iqbal, both residents of Poonch district in J&K presently settled in Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kaahmir (POJK) as handlers and Murtaza Pathan alias Ghaznvi, resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan, an Afgan veteran affiliated with Deoband school of thought as operational commander supervising tactical aspect from POJK.

Two militants were neutralised earlier

Earlier on June 13, at least two militants have been neutralised in a joint operation of the Army and Kupwara Police in the Dobanar Machhal area (LoC) of the Kupwara district thus thwarting attempts of infiltration. 

Forces have recovered, two AK 47, four magazines, 48 rounds of ammunition, four hand grenades, 1 pouch, eatables and cigarette packets.

Jammu and Kashmir Police's Special Operations Group searched the house of a terrorist belonging to the proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in Kishtwar district, a senior official said. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Khalil Ahmad Poswal said a search warrant was obtained from the NIA court in Jammu.

The house of Hizbul terrorist Muddasir Ahmad at Tander village of Dachhan was searched in connection with a case registered last year under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

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