Security forces killed two trapped Hizb terrorists, including the one who had shot teacher Rajni Bala dead outside her school gates in Kulgam on May 31, in an encounter that went on for three days in Mishipora-Kujjar area of Yaripora, in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The terrorist who killed Bala was identified as “Zubair Sofi of Mohan Pora Kulgam”, the IGP said, adding that the identity of the second militant slain in Mishipora-Kujjar was being ascertained.
The Mishipora-Kujjar encounter had started on Tuesday when a joint team comprising police, the Army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF personnel had launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area following specific information about the presence of terrorists there.
Meanwhile, a third terrorist was killed in Hangalgund, in Kokernag area of Anantnag, where two more terrorists are believed to be pinned down in an encounter with security forces, officials said on Thursday. This encounter, too, was triggered when terrorists opened fire at police, Army and CRPF men when the began closing in oil their hiding place. Officials said the encounter was still on and that two to three terrorists were believed to be pinned down in the area.
Security forces also arrested two overground workers (OGWs) of a terrorist outfit and recovered a 15-kg IED at Armullah Litter village in Pulwama, south Kashmir, IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said on his Twitter handle, adding that the Pulwama police and SFs (special forces) had “averted a major tragedy” by recovering the IED. A case has been registered and an investigation os being carried out, he said.