On Thursday, an encounter ensued between security personnel and suspected militants in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. While it is reported that one of the terrorists has been gunned down. The operation is in progress and more details are awaited, said an official. Adding that the identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is being ascertained.
“One militant has been killed in the gunfight in Bandipora,” an army official said. He said acting on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Aragam village of Bandipora, security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.
As the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter in which, so far, one militant has been killed, the official said.
The attack comes four days after the Uri attack, where 18 soldiers were killed nad several others were injured when four heavily armed militants stormed in the rear office of 12th brigade headquarters. Preliminary reports suggest that the attack was carried out by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, sternly warned of an action against those who were responsible for the attack.
In the wake of which, the Indian government on Wednesday summoned the Pakistan envoy and conveyed to him that Pakistan-based terrorists had carried out Sunday’s attack. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit that India had recovered several items from the slain terrorists — GPS, grenades with Pakistani markings, communication equipment, food, medicines and clothes made in Pakistan. He said Delhi was ready to provide fingerprints and DNA samples of the terrorists killed in Uri and Poonch if Islamabad “wishes to investigate these cross-border attacks”.