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    Pulwama Encounter Latest Updates: Unconfirmed reports suggest that Ghazi has also been neutralised in the encounter. However, there is no official confirmation on the same.

  • 12:08 PM IST

    Pulwama Encounter Latest Updates: One AK-47 & one pistol recovered. Identification of bodies of the two terrorists killed during encounter, yet to be confirmed. Search operation continues.

  • 12:05 PM IST

    Pulwama Encounter Latest Updates: Kamran, a foreign terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammed active in Pulwama and having a good network in the district, killed along with local Jaish terrorist Hilal in the ongoing encounter

  • 12:04 PM IST

    Pulwama Encounter Latest Updates: “Congratulations to Security forces for neutralising mastermind of Pulwama attack by tracking them down. Well done boys . Heartfelt condolences to families of 4 Army martyrs.@Pulwama attack,” tweeted former J&K DGP S P Vaid.

  • 12:00 PM IST

    Pulwama Attack Latest Updates: There are reports of stone pelting from the site of encounter. The security forces are urging stone pelters to move away from the encounter site.

  • 11:57 AM IST

    Pulwama Attack Latest Updates: “The terrorists are believed to be linked to the February 14 car bombing. The exact identities of the two terrorists killed are being ascertained,” a defence spokesperson said.

  • 11:40 AM IST

    Pulwama Attack Latest Updates: Two terrorists have been killed during encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district. Operation still in progress, reported news agency ANI

  • 11:29 AM IST

    Pulwama Attack Latest Updates: An official confirmation by the Army on the killing of Kamran is still awaited.

Srinagar: In a major achievement, the security forces on Monday gunned down two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The two slain terrorists included Abdul Rasheed Ghazi alias Kamran — the Jaish-e-Mohammed commander who masterminded the February 14 terror attack which left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Four security personnel, including an Army Major, were also killed in the encounter, which broke out in the Pinglena area on the intervening night of February 17 and 18. Also, a civilian was also reportedly killed in the encounter.

According to reports, along with Ghazi, a local Jaish terrorist Hilal has been neutralised in the encounter.

Abdul Rashid Ghazi, an IED expert and trusted lieutenant of Masood Azhar, planned and executed the Pulwama terror attack. However, there is no confirmation yet on Ghazi’s killing.

According to sources, Ghazi trained Adil Ahmed Dar – the suicide bomber who carried out the dastardly attack last Thursday. Also, they provided explosives and specific inputs about the movement of the CRPF contingent in Jammu and Kashmir’s Lethpora area.

The four Army jawans, injured in the encounter which broke out on the intervening night of February 17 and 18, succumbed to their injuries on Monday morning. Also, a civilian was also reportedly killed in the encounter.

The martyred security personnel belonged to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles. They haven been identified as Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Sepoy Hari Singh.

The gunfight started late on Sunday after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded the village following a tip off that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants — the same group that carried out the February 14 attack leaving a toll 49 troopers — were hiding in the area.

The encounter had stopped on Monday morning, but resumed after terrorists opened fire on the security forces during the search operation.

The deaths of the four jawans takes the death toll of security personnel to 45 in the last four days.

The gunfight between the terrorists and security forces comes four days after a suicide bomber, belonging to the Jaish-e-Moahmmed, rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into one of the vans of a CRPF convoy at the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, killing at least 40 jawans.