13 militants killed in major counter-terror Ops in J&K

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Indian army soldiers in an encounter in Kashmir.

File Photo: Indian army soldiers in an encounter in Kashmir.

Security forces gunned down 13 militants in three major counter-offensives in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. The slain terrorists also included those responsible for the brutal killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz. The operations also claimed the lives of three Army jawans and four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts.

The operations were launched in the two districts Saturday night and continued till late Sunday afternoon.

One militant was killed and another arrested in Dialgam of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, while seven terrorists were gunned down in Draggad. Five in Kachdooru area of Shopian district. Out of 13 terrorists, 11 have been identified so far and all of them are locals, officials said.

According to the police, locals in Kachdooru had taken away the body of Sameer Ahmed Lone, a recent recruit of the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group. He was also in the house at Kachdooru. The family later informed the police that Lone had been buried.

Three Army personnel and as many civilians lost their lives in Kachdooru area, whereas another civilian, who was the house owner at Draggad where militants were hiding, was killed along with the terrorists.

The police have imposed restrictions in seven police stations area of Srinagar city and parts of South Kashmir, besides putting separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yaseen Malik under house arrest.

Internet services were snapped in parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure, police said.

Swayam P Pani, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) said this was an extremely wonderful work done by Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the Army and CRPF. “We have tried to keep life smooth in other parts of the Valley but if any miscreant attempts to disrupt the peace, they will be dealt sternly,” he said.

Among the killed militants were Ishfaq Thokar, Ehtehmad Hussian and Aquib Iqbal who were responsible for many terror related activities in Shopian area.

The operations by security forces rendered a severe dent to militant groups such as the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e-Taiba, officials said here.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is in the national capital, has expressed grief over the death of civilians during security operations in Anantnag and Shopian districts. She has also sympathised with those injured during these operations.

The Chief Minister has also paid tributes to the three Army jawans who were killed during these operations.

(With inputs from PTI)