Srinagar : Two Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists were killed in an overnight encounter that raged between forces and terrorists in Mouchwa area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Officials said that the gunfight broke out after a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched yesterday evening by Srinagar Police, Budgam Police, 50RR and CRPF on a specific input regarding presence of Terrorists in Mouchwa area of Budgam.
“During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained they were given opportunity to surrender, however, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” police said.
In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed and due to darkness the operation was suspended, however the whole area was put under strict cordon, police said, adding that in the wee hours, search operation was resumed and bodies of both the killed terrorists were retrieved from the site of encounter.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said that, two terrorists including a Pakistani terrorists Ilyas were killed. “Second slain has been identified as Javaid Ahmed from Pulwama,” he said.
The IGP said that the role of Illyas in highway attacks can’t be ruled out and that police are investigating their involvement. “We gave full opportunity to terrorists who were trapped at Mouchwa to surrender. However, they refused. We give ample time to local boys who get trapped in encounters to lay their weapons. I once again appeal parents to urge their youth who have picked up arms to return back to the mainstream and live with their families again,” the IGP said.
Meanwhile, police in a statement said that one of the slain terrorists was identified as Javaid Ahmad Ganie of Pulwama and the other has been identified as Khalid @Ilyas, a Pakistani national. “Both the terrorists were affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM),” police said.