"Based on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in twin villages of Shopian; Tulran and Feeripora, two anti-terrorist operations were carried out resulting in the elimination of five terrorists. The killed terrorists include Mukhtar Shah, who was involved in the targeted killing of a non-local vendor at Lal Bazar area of Srinagar," an official statement said.
The police launched a joint cordon and search operations in the said areas. During the search operation at Tulran, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender; instead, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, three terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Danish Hussain Dar, Yawar Hussain Naikoo and Mukhtar Ahmed Shah.
Meanwhile, the search operation at Feeripora Shopian remained suspended throughout the night and resumed in the wee hours. Contact was established with the hiding terrorists and they were given ample opportunities to surrender. However, they started firing indiscriminately at the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They have been identified as Ubaid Ahmad Dar, and Khubaib Ahmad Nengroo.
As per police records, both terrorists were linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT and involved in several terror crime cases. Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of the encounter.
The IGP, Kashmir, congratulated the joint teams working with great synergy and coordination on the ground for carrying out anti-terrorist operations in a professional manner without collateral damage.