Army on Monday claimed to have gunned down three terrorists in two different encounters in the Bandipora area of Baramulla district in north Kashmir on Monday morning.
The first encounter took place in the Kot Sumblarn village in the Bandipora area where two terrorists were gunned down in an encounter that lasted for several hours. Army also recovered arms and ammunition from the possession of the killed terrorists.
"On specific information that two terrorists were hiding inside a house in Kot Sumblarn village in Bandipora a column of the army was launched. Our men cordoned off the area and asked the hiding terrorists to lay down their weapon and surrender before the army, but they started firing at our men." Said Colonel Hemant Juneja Spokesman of Army’s 15 corps in Srinagar.
Adding he said, "To avoid any type of collateral damage we first evacuated all the civilians from the house and all the nearby residential area, then retaliated to the fire. In the encounter that lasted for sometime two hiding terrorists were killed."
"Two AK-47 assault rifles, two under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) and six magazines were recovered from the possession of the killed terrorists," said the spokesman.
However the exact identity of the killed terrorists could not be revealed, but the army claims that both were Pakistani nationals and had their affiliation with Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohamemd terrorist outfit.
In another such incident army killed an unknown terrorist in Lalpura area of Lolab belt in north Kashmir and at the time of filing this report the search operation in the area was still going on.
"On a routine search operation Jawans of 18 Rashtrya rifles in Lolab noticed some suspicious movement and when they challenged the person he fired on the army which was retaliated and in the gun battle the terrorist was killed and an AK-47 assault rifle was also recovered from the spot. The search operation is still going on," said Army spokesman.