Security forces launched search operation in Jammu and Kashmir

A top Pakistani terrorist commander belonging to proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was among the two terrorists killed in an early morning encounter between terrorists and security forces at Nagberan-Tarsar forest area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday.

“Topmost Pakistani terrorist affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM Lamboo killed in Saturday’s encounter. Identification of second terrorist being ascertained,” police said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area of Namibian and Marsar and the general area of Dachigam this morning, following inputs about the presence of terrorists there, a police official said. The search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire at a search party of the forces, who retaliated. In the exchange of firing, two terrorists were killed, the official said. The police official said the identity and group affiliation of the ultras were being ascertained. Earlier, the firefight between the terrorists and security forces took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of information about the presence of terrorists. As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy fire that triggered the encounter. Meanwhile, IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar has congratulated the army and the police for the successful anti-terror operation.