As many as seven terrorists including three Pakistani nationals were killed in encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
"An encounter began in Kupwara on Sunday. Two LeT terrorists from Pakistan were killed yesterday itself. Another Pakistani terrorist was gunned down early morning today. A local terrorist from Shopian, Showkat was gunned down along with him," IGP Kashmir told ANI.
"In Pulwama, a local terrorist of LeT was gunned down. In Kulgam, a local terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammed and one Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist were killed. A total of seven terrorists killed so far. Three of them were Pakistanis and four were local terrorists. Encounters concluded in Kupwara and Pulwama. Search is underway in Kulgam," he added.
According to reports, the encounter broke out in Chatpora area of Pulwama and in DH Pora area in Kulgam on Sunday.
Meanwhile, police have launched a a joint anti-terrorist operation alongwith the Army's 28RR on the disclosure of an arrested terrorist Showket Ahmed Sheikh.
Notably, there has been a rise in incidents of targeted killings in Kashmir and security forces are on high alert. Sections of the minority community had threatened that they were preparing for mass migration if the government did not relocate them.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, had urged the people not to allow inimical forces to break the social fabric and noted that the electoral process is likely to begin in the coming months.
He also made a veiled reference to Pakistan and said some forces were trying to sow seeds of hatred in the Union Territory.
He was addressing an event held here today to mark the 200th anniversary of Maharaja Gulab Singh's 'Rajyaabhishek ceremony'.
"I appeal to the people here that the social fabric of Jammu and Kashmir should never break rising above religion, caste. There are some forces here which have always tried to break this social fabric and promoted the radicals. Recently, attempts were made again to ignite hatred in J-K," he said.