STATE TIMES NEWS
Srinagar: Three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district on Tuesday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Vailoo in Komernag area of the district early on Tuesday following information about presence of terrorists there, a police official said.
“During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given an opportunity to surrender. However, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” the official said.
He said the joint teams of security forces also rescued all the civilians trapped in the gunfire and halted the operation for the time to ensure safe evacuation of people from the area of gunfight.
“After ensuring all civilians are safe, the operation was resumed and all the terrorists were eliminated in the ensuing encounter. Bodies of the killed terrorists were retrieved from the site of encounter,” the official said.
The slain terrorists were identified as Ilyas Ahmad Dar alias Sameer, resident of Danwathpora Kokernag; Ubaid Shafi alias Abdullah, resident of Batamaloo Srinagar and Aqib Ahmad Lone alias Sahil, resident of Khandaypora Kulgam.
“As per police records, all the killed terrorists were linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT and part of the groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security forces and security establishments,” he added. Ubaid Shafi was part of the terrorist group involved in carrying out the terrorist attack at Aaribagh area of Nowgam Srinagar on 01/04/2021 in which one Constable Rameez Ahmad attained martyrdom.
Arms and ammunition including 01 AK-47 rifle, 02 pistols and incriminating materials have also been 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.
IGP Kashmir congratulated police and security forces for conducting successful operation without any collateral damage. He also appealed to the parents of the misguided youth to help police to bring their wards back into mainstream.
The last rites of the killed terrorists shall be performed after conducting medico-legal formalities and the nearest family members of local terrorist shall be allowed to participate in the last rites, a police spokesperson said.