The terrorist, affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, was killed by the security forces in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police official said on Friday. He further stated that the ultra operated in South Kashmir under code names Abu Saifullah and Abu Qasim.
The official added that the terrorist was wanted in connected with the kidnapping and killing of two civilians in the valley. Also, he was accused of threatening special police officers (SPOs) and non-labourers to leave.
Meanwhile, he also said that a close associate of JeM self-styled chief commander Qari Yasir of Pakistan, Saifullah was trapped along with the local associate during a search operation at Zaintrag village in Awantipora area of Pulwama on Tuesday.
The officer said that the gunfight took place when the security forces initiated the search operation and the hiding terrorists opened fire on the joint search parties of police, 50 Rashtriya Rifles and 185 Battalion of the CRPF.
During the firing, Sepoy Rahul Ranswal of the Rashtriya Rifles and SPO Shahbaz Ahmad of local police were injured. They were evacuated to Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar where they succumbed to injuries, he said.
While the process of evacuation of the injured jawans took place, the terrorists fled the scene. However, they were tracked down in the forest area of Nagander village, the next day resulting in a fresh encounter where the most wanted terrorist, Saifullah, was killed.