A top militant of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JEM) was killed in an encounter with Indian government forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s, Shopian district, 45 kilometers from Srinagar, the summer capital of the dispute region.
On Saturday evening, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army launched a search operation in Rawalpora village after armed forces received a tip of the presence of suspected militants hiding in a house.
A senior police officer said, “as the joint team of forces tried to approach towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which triggered off in a gunfight.”
In exchange for the gunfight, a top militant of Jaish-e-Muhammad was killed and his identity and affiliation are still being ascertained.
As per the government forces, “two or three militants are still believed to be trapped inside the house as the operation is still going on. A hose-down operation is being carried jointly by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Indian Army, and the Central Reserve Force.
The Inspector-General of Police, Vijay Kumar said, “the people were safely taken out before they launched an encounter with the militants. The government forces halted till five villagers were taken to guide them in the search operation who were trapped in the targeted house.”
According to reports on social media, “A US-made M-4 carbine and 36 Armor-piercing rounds were recovered from the slain militant.”
On the encounter site, a 22-year-old youth, Arif Ahmed Wagay of Rakhnara in the southern district suffered an injury in his left eye due to pellets fired by armed forces to disperse protesters amid a military operation against militants.
Dr. Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital confirmed the youth has been admitted to the hospital because of the injury.
Earlier on March 11, two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were killed in an encounter with the Indian government forces in Anantnag, 59 kilometers from Srinagar.
This week, three militants were killed in two separate encounters in the Kashmir valley.