Pulwama: At least two terrorists have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Rajpora area of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The two terrorists killed have been identified as Shahid Ahmad Baba and Aniyat Ahmad Ziger. Both terrorists are affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). An SLR and a pistol has been recovered from them.

Terrorists have escalated their activity this year. Only yesterday, they lobbed a grenade at security forces, injuring seven, including two CRPF jawans.

On Republic Day, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Srinagar. The security forces had launched a cordon and search operation following information about the presence of militants in the area.

The search operation turned into a gun battle after militants opened fire on the security forces.

On January 23, three terrorists were gunned down during an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla. The encounter broke out in Binner area of Baramulla district after security forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about the presence of militants in the area.

Out of the total 256 militants killed in 2018, south Kashmir recorded the highest number of killings (127 terrorists) followed by north Kashmir (93 terrorists) and central Kashmir (24 terrorists). Nine terrorists were killed in Jammu region last year.

Shopian, considered the hub of terrorists in the Valley, saw the killing of 43 terrorists while Pulwama accounted for the killing of 39 terrorists followed by Anantnag which witnessed the death of 30 terrorists.

According to the police, the south Kashmir region comprising four districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam, is a stronghold of militants.

“Most of the militant attacks and encounters in the Valley have taken place in this region. Of late, it has emerged as the hub of militants. They can roam freely and have connectivity due to the dense forests in this region,” an officer had said.

South Kashmir was also the epicentre of the over five-month-long unrest in the Valley in 2016 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.