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Srinagar: Top terrorist commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Sham Sofi was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said.Acting on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in Tilwani Mohalla Waggad in the Tral area of Awantipora, in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there, a police official said.He said an encounter broke out after the terrorists opened fire at the security personnel, who retaliated.In the exchange of fire, a terrorist was killed, the official said.Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said the slain terrorist has been identified as He has been identified as Shamus-ud-Din Sofi alias ShamSofi a top commander of proscribed terror outfit JeM.As per police records, the killed terrorist was categorized and active since June-2019 figuring among the list of most wanted terrorists operating in the valley. He was also part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities to which several terror crime cases stands already registered against him.Pertinently, the killed terrorist was first arrested in year 2004 & detained under PSA. He was also involved in providing logistic support, shelter to the active terrorists operating in Tral area before joining terror folds. Moreover, he was also involved in motivating local youth to join terror folds, reviving the terror folds in Tral area and conspiring to destabilize the system by means of various terror acts. Besides, he was also involved in threatening the law abiding citizens and policemen also.Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and further investigation is in progress.IGP has congratulated the joint forces for the big success that led to the elimination of most wanted terrorist involved in several terror crime cases.
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