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J&K: JeM commander Zahid Wani, 4 other terrorists, killed in twin encounter

By Priyanka Verma 
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Srinagar: Five terrorists were killed overnight in two separate operations by security forces in the Budgam and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Sunday.

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“5 terrorists of Pakistan sponsored proscribed terror outfits LeT and JeM killed in dual encounters in last 12 hours. JeM commander terrorist Zahid Wani and a Pakistani terrorist among the killed. Big success for us,” the police said in a tweet.

Kashmir’s inspector general of police Vijay Kumar said that the terrorists neutralised in the encounters were affiliated to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, both Pakistan-based terror outfits.

Kumar said that JeM commander Zahid Wani and a Pakistani terrorist were among the killed, calling it a big success for security forces. A total of 21 terrorists, including eight from Pakistan, have been killed in 11 encounters this month so far, he added.

Kashmir Zone Police informed on Saturday evening that an encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in the Naira area of Pulwama. A total of four terrorists were killed in the overnight operation in the south Kashmir’s district. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered were recovered from the site, said police.

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One terrorist affiliated to LeT was killed in a separate encounter that broke out in the Charar-i-Sharief area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday. Police said that incriminating materials including an AK 56 rifle were recovered from the site.

Earlier on Saturday, a 53-year-old policeman was shot dead by terrorists in South Kashmir’s Hassanpora Bijbhera. Some unidentified gunmen fired at head constable Ali Mohammad Ganie near his residence in Anantnag’s Bijbehara area. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

“I strongly condemn the brutal killing of our J&K Police HC Ali Mohammad in Anantnag district by terrorists. His supreme sacrifice won’t go in vain. The perpetrators of this barbaric act will be punished soon. My deepest condolences to the family of martyr,” J&K L-G Manoj Sinha tweeted after the incident.

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