Kulgam encounter: The security forces eliminated two terrorists including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) district commander Junaid Mattoo in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam region on Friday afternoon, reported ANI. These terrorists were killed in a joint cordon and search operation which was conducted by 90 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), one Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) Jammu and Kashmir Police at Kulgam district’s Idgah Mohalla, Arwani on Friday morning after they got information that three suspected terrorists were trapped inside a building. News agency ANI had also reported that heavy firing was taking place between the security forces and the terrorists while the locals resorted to stone pelting in an effort to help terrorists escape.
According to PTI, a civilian was also killed in the cross-firing earlier today, reported PTI. The victim was identified as 34-year-old Mohammad Ashraf Khar, who, according to the police, was caught in the crossfire when the encounter started at 10 AM at Arwani village at Bijbehara of Anantnag district, 51 km from Srinagar. Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani area, was rushed to district hospital at Bijbehara after being shot in the chest where he was declared brought dead, the police said.
Mattoo, a local boy of Khudwani, was among the three trapped inside the house along with Azad Malik and a Pakistani terrorist. The accompanying teams of the local police and CRPF used tear gas shells and resorted to firing pellets after the crowd continued to hurl stones at the troops, thereby, hampering the ongoing counter-insurgency operation.