Jammu, June 24: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were shot dead in an ongoing encounter with the security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Sunday, while a third terrorist surrendered before the forces. Also Read - With Article 370 Gone, Army Now Wants to Buy Land in J&K to Set up Camp
Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid confirmed the news, adding that one of the terrorists killed was Shakur Dar, the divisional commander of LeT. Also Read - Day After Forces Foiled Pulwama-Style Attack, Cops Identify Owner of Explosives-Laden Car
The encounter took place in the Chadder are of Kulgam district when the Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the CRPF and the Army, were carrying out operations to clear a national highway ahead of the Amarnath Yatra, beginning June 28, a senior police official was quoted by PTI as saying. Also Read - Pulwama-like Terror Attack Averted: Vehicle Suspected of Carrying 40-45 Kgs of Explosives; JeM Has Main Role, Says Top Cop
Internet services were suspended in Kulgam following the encounter.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army today said that around 250-275 active militants are present in Kashmir, adding that 30 terrorists are ready to sneak into the Valley from the Pakistani side.
The encounter just days after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the PDP in the state, thereby Governor NN Vohra taking over the reins of Jammu and Kashmir.
Under the Governor’s Rule, the Centre plans to crack down on terrorists who had expanded their operations during the ceasefire. The number of terror attacks had more than doubled over the last month.
On Wednesday, four terrorists, including the head of a local unit inspired the global terror group ISIS, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
On Tuesday, three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were neutralised by the security forces in an encounter in Pulwama’s Tral area.