State Times NewsSrinagar: Three terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Anantnag district on Monday, police said. The security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Khul Chohar in the south Kashmir district following information about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said. The operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated, the official said. A police spokesperson said that a joint cordon and search operation was launched by JKP, 19RR and CRPF in the area.
‘DODA IS TERRORISM FREE’ Srinagar: Doda district has become “terrorism free” as the last of the surviving terrorists in the area was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district on Monday, police said. “With today’s operation at Khull Chohar in Anantnag by Anantnag Police along with 19 RR, CRPF in which two LET terrorists including one district commander and one Hizbul Mujahideen commander Masood were neutralised, Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally terrorism free once again as Masood was last surviving terrorist of Doda,” a police spokesman said. The spokesman said Masood, a resident of Doda, was involved in a rape case in the district, and was absconding ever since. “He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” the spokesman added.
During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the joint search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter in which three terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site. Quoting sources, the spokesperson said that one of the terrorists was Masood Ahmd Bhat, resident of Doda, a self-styled District Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and other two unidentified terrorists are from LeT outfit. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes. The bodies of the killed terrorists have been sent to Handwara for their last rites after conducting medico-legal formalities including collection of their DNA. IGP Kashmir appreciated JKP and the security forces for exercising utmost restraint, thereby ensured a clean operation with no collateral damage. A case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Mattan and investigation has been initiated.
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