Kupwara: At least two terrorists have been killed in the encounter between terrorists and security forces in Kupwara district’s Handwara area. The militants were believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit. A search operation is underway, as per reports.Also Read - One Terrorist Killed During Encounter in J&K’s Kulgam, School Children Among 60 Rescued From Site

The encounter was a joint operation conducted by the Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir police. Also Read - Hyderpora Encounter: Bodies Of 2 Civilians Exhumed In Handwara, To Be Handed Over To Families

On Wednesday, at least two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in J-K’s Shopian district. The encounter took place after a joint team of security forces launched a search and cordon operation over a tip-off about 2-3 terrorists hiding in Memander area of Shopian. Also Read - Mehbooba Mufti Not Under House Arrest: Jammu And Kashmir Police Issues Clarification

The February 27 encounter came just after the Indian Air Force (IAF) avenged the Pulwama terror attack by carrying a ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ on three camps of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan thus killing nearly 300 militants.

Earlier on February 24, three JeM ultras were neutralised at Tarigam village in Kulgam. J-K Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy SP) Aman Thakur and an Army jawan were also martyred in the operation. Prior to that, two JeM militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Warpora of J-K’s Sopore town on February 22.  On the other hand, two terrorists, including Abdul Rasheed Ghazi alias Kamran – the JeM commander who had masterminded the February 14 attack – were killed in an encounter.

At least 10 JeM terrorists have been killed by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir till date.

On February 14, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans lost their lives as JeM terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus of the convoy of security personnel in south Kashmir’s, Pulwama district, nearly 30 km short of its destination – the Bakshi Stadium transit camp in Srinagar.