Jammu, June 24: The security forces on Sunday shot dead two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, while a third terrorist surrendered in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One of the slain militants was Shakoor Ahmed Dar, the divisional commander of LeT, while the other was a Pakistani national identified as Haider.
Since Tuesday, after Governor NN Vohra took over the reins of Jammu and Kashmir after BJP pulled out of alliance with the PDP, the security forces have gunned down nine militants while one has surrendered.
Two of the killed militants – Dawood Ahmad Sofi (ISJK) and Shakoor Ahmad Dar (LeT) – were on the list of 21 most-wanted terrorists in Kashmir prepared by the security forces.
Dawood Ahmed Sofi alias Danish was killed along with his three associates by security forces in Anantnag’s Srigufwara area on Friday.
The list was released following the Centre’s decision of not extending the Ramzan ceasefire and the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state.
The list includes 11 terrorists from terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, seven from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), two from Jaish-e-Mohammed, one belonging to Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind and a lone terrorist linked to ISJK, who was killed by security forces on June 22, 2018.
Many among those whose name features in the list are A, A+ and A++ category terrorists and wanted in several terror-related incidents.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army on Sunday said that there are over 250 terrorists present in the Valley, majorly in the southern part of Kashmir.
Lt Gen A K Bhatt, General-Officer-Commanding of Srinagar-based Chinar Corps (15 Corps), also said that around the same number of militants are waiting at “launch pads” across the Line of Control to infiltrate into the Valley.
He added that militants in groups of 25-30 are waiting at launch pads to infiltrate into Kashmir.