STATE TIMES NEWs Srinagar: Four local terrorists were on Sunday killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district, the Army said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Daramdora area of Shopian, following information about the presence of terrorists there, an Army official said. He said as the forces were conducting searches, the hiding terrorists opened fire upon them. The security forces retaliated, the official said, adding four terrorists were killed in the gunbattle. The killed terrorists have been identified as Rafi Hassan Mir of Kralchak Shopian, Suhail Ahmad Bhat of Batmuran Shopian, Showkat Ahmad Mir of Rajpora Pulwama and Azad Ahmad Khanday of Bamnoo Pulwama. While Showkat Ahmad Mir had joined terrorist ranks in 2015, the other three had recently joined him. “Showkat was instrumental in recruiting Azad, Rafi and Suhail in terrorist ranks. Showkat was initially associated with Hizbul Mujahideen,” he said. While the spokesman did not comment on the affiliation of the slain terrorists, sources said they were affiliated to Ansar Gazwatul Hind, an offshoot of Al Qaeda. Showkat, as per police records, was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities. Several terror crime cases were registered against him including Case FIR No. 113/2016 of Police Station Rajpora pertaining to firing on a guard post at Sheikhard, Case FIR No. 02/2017 of police station Rajpora pertaining to the lobbing of grenade on security forces, Case FIR No. 20/2017 of police station Rajpora pertaining to firing on civilians Bashir Ahmad Dar and Altaf Ahmad at Qasabyar in which Bashir Dar succumbed and Altaf was seriously injured, Case FIR No. 21/2017 of police station Rajpora pertaining to civilian atrocities and Case FIR No. 01/2019 of police station Rajpora pertaining to killing of a policeman Sameer Ahmad. Pertinently with the efforts of Police and security forces, it was a clean operation. No collateral damage happened during the encounter. Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crime cases.
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