(This was originally posted in Hindustan Times by Shivani Kumar)
Seven terrorists were eliminated by security forces in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. In Tral area of Awantipora, two terrorists were gunned by the security forces. “The operation is still underway,” news agency ANI quoted the Inspector-General of Police as saying.
The encounter began at around 8 am at Nowbugh. The area has been cordoned off by security officials.\ More details are awaited regarding the gun-fighting. In the Shopian district, where security forces are engaged in a fierce gun battle with terrorists for more than 12 hours now, 5 terrorists have been killed. According to the ANI report, two more are inside a mosque and still firing from inside.
Chief of proscribed terrorist outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (JeM) is among the terrorists in the Shopian district. However, as the identity has not yet been ascertained of deceased terrorists, it is not known if he is still inside the mosque.