At least three terrorists, two of them linked to Pakistan-backed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian in the wee hours of Monday.
SRINAGAR: At least three terrorists, two of them linked to Pakistan-backed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmirs Shopian in the wee hours of Monday.
According to the reports, the encounter broke out at the midnight around 2 AM at the Manihal area of Shopian. A joint operation of J&K Police, the Indian Army and the CRPF was launched after receiving inputs about the presence of some terrorists in the area.
#ShopianEncounterUpdate: 02 #unidentified#terrorists killed. #Operation going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolicehttps://t.co/Ua70Z5RYI4
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The J&K Police initially said that two terrorists were killed in the joint operation. The joint operation is still underway, it added.
Jammu & Kashmir: Joint operation underway with a total of three terrorists eliminated in an encounter with security forces in Shopian. Two of them were associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. More details awaited.
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A massive search and combing operation was launched in the area to flush out some more terrorists possibly hiding in the area.
Sharing more details later, IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar said, “The two terrorists killed in an encounter with the security forces in Shopian were associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).”
“Two more terrorists are trapped at the encounter site. The operation is still underway,” IG Vijay Kumar said.
It later emerged that one more terrorist was killed in the ongoing encounter in South Kashmir`s Shopian district, according to authorities.
“A total of three terrorists eliminated in the encounter with security forces in Shopian till now. Joint operation in progress,” Chinar Corps, Indian Army, said.
The identity of the third slain terrorist is being identified, the officials said.