9 terrorists killed in J-K’s Shopian district in 24 hours, say police
Nine terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen have been killed by security forces in two operations since Sunday morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, a senior police official said on Monday.
In the latest gun battle, which took place in Pinjora area of Shopian, four terrorists were killed by security forces on Monday morning, police said.
“9 #terrorists including two commanders neutralised in less than 24 hrs. Proud of #Team Kashmir which includes JKP and SFs. Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir,” Kashmir zone police tweeted.
Two of the four terrorists killed in Monday’s encounter are top Hizbul terrorists, Umer Dhobi and Rayees Khan of Shopian. “Both of them are category-A terrorists,” a police officer said.
Before picking up the gun in August 2018, Umer Dhobi was listed in police records as an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen and a “chronic stone pelter”. He has been named in 10 terror related cases; many of them relate to carrying out attacks on security personnel.
Rayees Khan was also involved in two attacks on the army camp and a patrol party besides abduction and killing of civilians.
“In the last two weeks, nine big operations were carried out in which 22 terrorists have been eliminated including six top commanders,” Dilbag Singh, Jammu and Kashmir director general of police, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
According to ANI, the bodies of the four terrorists killed in Pinjora have been recovered along with arms and ammunition.
The operation there has concluded.
On Sunday, five terrorists were killed after 12-hour long encounter in Reban village of Shopian district, which is around 12km from Monday’s encounter site in Pinjora.
Sources have said the terrorists belonged to the banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror group and one among them is believed to be a top commander.