J&K: Foreign militant among two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Sopore

J&K: Foreign militant among two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Sopore

Following a cordon-and-search operation, two militants, including a foreign militant, were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Kashmir’s Sopore area.

J&K: Foreign militant among two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Sopore

Two militants were killed in Sopore after they opened fire on security forces. (Photo for Representation)

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists, including a foreign militant, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter took place on Tuesday in North Kashmir’s Sopore area.

According to a police official, following information about the presence of some militants in the area, the security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Nathipora area of North Kashmir’s Sopore. The search operation turned into an encounter when the militants opened fire on the security forces.

The security forces retaliated to the attack and the two militants were killed in the operation.

The two slain militants have been identified as local militant Waseem Ahmad and foreign terrorist Hamas alias Asrar alias Saria. Waseem Ahmad was working as terrorist associate till the date he went missing and joined proscribed terror outfit LeT.

As per police records, Hamas alias Asrar had been active in North Kashmir since March 2018 and was among the list of top 60 terrorists released by J&K Police recently. He was instrumental in misguiding youths to join terrorist folds.

IGP Kashmir in a statement said that Hamas alias Asrar alias Saria was also involved in killing of two municipal councilors and a policeman on March 29.

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A police spokesman said “As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror crimes including planning and executing of attacks on security establishments. Moreover, killed terrorist Hamas was also the mastermind of Sopore terror incident along with terrorist Mudasir Pandit @Maaz dated 29/03/2021 in which two Municipal Councillors and a policeman got martyred.”

According to the police official, arms and ammunition, including 01 AK-47 rifle, 01 Insas rifle and other incriminating materials were recovered from the site of the encounter.

(With inputs from PTI)

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