Srinagar: At least four terrorists of Pakistan-backed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were eliminated in an encounter with the security personnels in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district in the wee hours of Monday. The encounter reportedly broke out at the midnight around 2 AM at the Manihal area of Shopian.
After learning about the presence of some terrorists in the area, a joint operation of J&K Police, the Indian Army and the CRPF was launched in the area to flush out some more terrorists possibly hiding in the area.
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The J&K Police initially said that two terrorists were killed in the joint operation.
Two unidentified terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Munihal area of Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, say Kashmir Zone Police
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Sharing more details later, IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar said, “The two terrorists killed in an encounter with the security forces in Shopian were associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).”
“Two more terrorists are trapped at the encounter site. The operation is still underway,” IG Vijay Kumar said. However, it later emerged that one more terrorist was killed in the ongoing encounter in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, according to authorities.
“A total of three terrorists eliminated in the encounter with security forces in Shopian till now. Joint operation in progress,” Chinar Corps, Indian Army, revealed.
However, it later emerged that a total of four terrorists linked with LeT were killed in the Shopian encounter. Addressing a press conference, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told reporters, “All four terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in the joint operation carried out in Shopian.”
The slain terrorists have been identified as – Aamir Shafi From Bata Pora, Shopian, Rayees Ah Bhat, Aaqib Malik and Altaf Ahmad Wani.
However, during this face-off one army personnel was also injured. Giving out a statement, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told reporters, “One Army personnel was injured. The situation is under control now.”