May 2021 News

Two Terrorists Gunned Down In Encounter Outside Srinagar

17 May 2021

Srinagar: Police said security forces had gunned down two militants Monday on the outskirts of Srinagar. The police along with Army's 50 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF trapped the terrorists during a cordon and search operation in Khonmoh area in Srinagar. This was possible due to specific inputs regarding presence of militants. When the presence of militants was confirmed during searches in a house, police said militants fired on forces ensuing into an encounter. According to locals, the militants were holed up in a two storey residential house which sustained partial damages in the firefight. 'They were given repeated opportunities to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which retaliated leading to an encounter,' police added. This encounter according to locals took place in a two storey residential house which has also sustained partial damages. Initially, a militant was killed in the exchange of fire. The second militant, according to police, was killed around 11:30 am. Two pistols, one hand grenade and three under barrel grenades were recovered from the procession of slain militants, it added. The killed militants were identified as Umar Mushtaq Khanday son of Mushtaq Ahmed resident of Tulbagh village in Pampore and Wasim Bashir Pandit son of Bashir Ahmed resident of Kakapora area of Pulwama. An Army spokesperson said militants were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.