Operation All Out” is in full swing to flush out hiding terrorists from their safe hideouts in South Kashmir district of Shopian. On Wednesday, joint teams of security forces eliminated five more terrorists, taking the total tally of those killed in Shopian to 14 in the last four days. Four terrorists were killed on Sunday and five on Monday in Shopian district.
So far, 93 terrorists have been eliminated in over three dozen operations since January 2020.
According to police, a district commander of pro-Pakistan terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba terrorist were among those gunned down during an eight-hour long operation near village Sugoo Handhama in Shopian.
Sharing details of the joint operation, Brigadier Ajay Katoch said, “The cordon and search operations were launched late on Tuesday night after receiving inputs about the presence of a group of terrorists near Sugoo Handhama in Shopian”.
He said around 5.30 am while search parties were moving closer to the hideout they came under heavy firing from the terrorists. The terrorists lobbed grenades to target the joint teams. Security teams took positions and
According to Brigadier Katoch, “the first terrorist was neutralised around 7 am when he attempted to break the cordon. As the gun fight continued in the village orchard, where the terrorists were hiding under a surface, two terrorists were neutralised around 12 noon and the last two were eliminated around 1 pm by the joint teams without suffering any major collateral damage”.
In a separate statement, a police spokesman in Srinagar said, “On a specific input generated by Shopian Police regarding presence of terrorists in village Sugoo Handhama Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 44 RR and 178 Bn CRPF”.
“During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the joint search party. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter, five terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter”.
The spokesman said the identification and affiliation of the killed terrorists is being ascertained.
However, as per credible sources the killed terrorists belonged to HM and LeT. One of them is District Commander of HM.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 | Mohit Kandhari | Jammu
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