A Pakistani militant has been nabbed alive in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rafiabad area in Baramulla district.
The encounter was launched in North Kashmir late on Wednesday evening. One terrorist was killed on Wednesday night and three more were killed on Thursday after a marathon overnight gunbattle. The Army managed to capture the fifth terrorist alive.
The captured terrorist has been identified as 22-year-old Sajjad Ahmed from Muzaffargarh in South West Pakistan, the army said.
Three terrorists who were killed today were hiding in a cave. Army commandos fired grenades and teargas shells into the cave to flush them out of the cave where they were holed up since Wednesday night. When the forces approached, the terrorists fired on them and that led to a fierce encounter.
The security forces had launched a massive operation in north Kashmir, ranging from Uri sector near the Line of Control to Panzalla in Rafiabad area, following information about the presence of a group of militants in the area.
22-year-old Sajjad was one of the five terrorists who had crossed over from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to hide in a cave after the Army detected the infiltration and was hunting for them in Rafiabad.
Sajjad is the second terrorist from Pakistan captured in an encounter in J&K in less than a month. He is currently being taken to Srinagar for interrogation.
Sajjad’s arrest comes just weeks after another terrorist Mohammad Naved was captured alive in Udhampur in J&K. Naved is currently in the custody of the National Investigative Agency (NIA). During his interrogation, Naved revealed that he hailed from Pakistan. Naved, who is said to be an operative of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, was captured by locals in Udhampur. He had attacked a BSF convoy in Chenani area of Udhampur on August 5. Naved was said to have infiltrated along with an associate who was killed in the gunbattle with the Forces.
(With inputs from PTI)