Srinagar : Three terrorists including Hizbul Mujahideen commander and a solider were killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorist and security forces at Zadoora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Acting on a tip off about the presence of terrorists in Zadoora area of Pulwama, joint teams of police, army and CRPF laid a siege late. “When the security forces zeroed in on the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired at the forces triggered a gunfight. A soldier was injured in the initial exchange of firing after which he was shifted to 92 base hospital Srinagar where he succumbed,” they said.
Speaking to reporters at District Police Office Pulwama after reviewing the security in the district, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh today’s operation was clean and smooth without any collateral damage. “Unfrotunately, a soldier was also killed in the encounter,” the DGP said.
He said that at Zadoora, Pulwama, a joint operation was launched by the forces. “Three terrorists of including Hizbul Mujahideen commander Adil Hafeez was killed along with two of his associates Arshid of Rajpora and Rouf from Pulwama,” the J&K DGP said.
The DGP Singh said that Hizb commander Adil was first Over Ground Worker (OGW) and used to work for slain Hizb commander Zahoor Thokar, who was killed in 2018.
“It was Adil who had recruited Arshid and Rouf into militancy. The slain militants were involved in the killing of security forces and lobbing grenades at the forces,” the DGP said. Two Ak-47 and three pistols were recovered from the slain militants.
About yesterday’s Shopian encounter, in which four terrorists were killed, the DGP Singh said that in the gunfight, Al-Badr commander Shakoor Parray was active since long and was involved in the killing of Panch Nisar Ahmed. “The group led by him were also involved in the abduction and killing of TA (Army) solider Shakir.