Srinagar: Two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with the security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. The development came a day after the Indian Air Force (IAF) avenged the dastardly Pulwama terror attack by mounting a massive offensive on JeM in Pakistan and carried a ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ on three camps of the terrorist organisation, killing nearly 300 militants.
Notably, in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack, at least 10 JeM terrorists have been killed by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir till date. Meanwhile, the firing has stopped in Shopian and a search operation is currently underway.
The encounter broke out during wee hours on Wednesday after the 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.
Earlier on February 24, three JeM ultras were neutralised at Tarigam village in Kulgam. Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy SP) Aman Thakur and an Army jawan were also martyred in the operation.
In a similar operation, two JeM militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Warpora of Jammu and Kashmir’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.
Forty 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 on February 14 in south Kashmir’s, nearly 30 km short of its destination – the Bakshi Stadium transit camp in Srinagar.
The CRPF convoy, consisting of 78 vehicles carrying 2,500 jawans, was attacked around 3.15 PM in Lethpora on Jammu to Srinagar highway.