Srinagar: Two militants were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Drungbal village of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. Among those killed, one has been identified as Umer Mushtaq, a top commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit, who was involved in carrying out attacks on police personnel at Baghat area of Srinagar earlier this year. The attacks had left two policemen dead.
IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told India Ahead News that Umer was involved in the killing of the cops. Today’s operation was specific and based on valid leads, he added.
Giving details of the encounter, Kumar said that as the security forces encircled one of the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired upon forces which led to a firefight in the area past night.
The top cop said that following a spate of targeted civilian killings in Kashmir, multiple operations against militants were launched by the security forces, in which at least 13 militants were neutralised.
“13 terrorists killed in 9 encounters after civilian killings. We have neutralised 3 out of 5 terrorists of Srinagar City within less than 24 hours,” said Kumar.