04 terrorists including 02 Pakistani terrorists killed so far in twin ongoing operations

June 19:`Police along with Army have neutralised 04 terrorists so far including 02 Pakistani terrorists in two ongoing anti-terrorist operations in Kupwara and Kulgam districts.

Earlier, Kupwara Police along with Army (28RR) launched a joint anti-terrorist operation today on the disclosure of an arrested terrorist Showkat Ahmad Sheikh in Forests of Chandigam Lolab area of Kupwara. During the search of a hideout, the hiding terrorists started firing indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter. In the initial exchange of fire one terrorist was killed and the arrested terrorist leading search party also got trapped. In the ensuing encounter, so far two Pakistani terrorists of proscribed terror outfit LeT were killed. Heavy exchange of fire is still going on and operation is in progress.

Meanwhile at about 1530hrs, based on specific input generated by police regarding presence of terrorists in DH Pora Kulgam, a joint cordon and search was launched by Police and Army (9RR) in the said area. As the joint search party approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately upon search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter. Later on CRPF also joined in operation. In the ongoing encounter, 02 local terrorists were killed so far. They have been identified as Haris Sharief of Srinagar and Zakir Padder of Kulgam.

As per police records, the killed terrorist Haris Sharief was linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT while as Zakir Padder was linked with JeM and both the killed terrorists were categorised terrorists. Both the killed terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror crime cases including attacks on Police/SFs and civilian atrocities.

Both the operations are still going on and further details regarding the operations shall follow.```