“Zadibal Encounter – Third terrorist killed. Search operation going on. Further details shall follow,” a tweet by the Kashmir Zone Police read.
Sources in the Jammu and Kashmir police department told ANI that those killed included a Pakistani terrorist affiliated to Jaish-e-Muhammed who was active in South Kashmir for the past few years. Another terrorist escaped, they said.
#ZadibalEncounterUpdate: One of killed #terrorists was involved in an attack on BSF near #Pandach #Chowk in which 0… https://t.co/gPEK7neyiC
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) 1592727124000
Sources added that an AK-47 and an M4 US-made rifle have been recovered during the operation. The US-made rifle is of the same make and model recovered from a Pakistani drone which was shot down in Kathua earlier, the sources said.
“The weapons brought in by the drone were to further reach a Pakistani Jaish-e-Muhmmad terrorist, Ali Bhai, currently active in South Kashmir,” they said.
IGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar congratulated the teams of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF for conducting the operation successfully “with no collateral damage”.
“Since they were locals, we asked some prominent people to appeal to the three terrorists to surrender but they didn’t budge and threw a hand grenade instead and were killed in the ensuing gun battle. Two of them have been identified,” Kumar said.
“One of the terrorists was involved in an attack on BSF near Pandach Chowk in which 2 BSF personnel martyred. JusticeDone: IGP Kashmir,” another tweet by the Kashmir Zone Police read.
The joint team of security forces had launched a cordon and search operation after receiving inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.
Mobile internet services had been snapped in the Srinagar area.