Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday confirmed death of three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in an overnight encounter with security forces in Pulwama district.
According to the officials, the encounter broke out Saturday in Drabgam area of the south Kashmir district and one terrorist was killed before the night fell.
A police official said a tight cordon was maintained during the night to stop the terrorists from fleeing, and when the firing resumed early Sunday morning two more terrorists were killed.
Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said all three are locals, linked with the terror outfit LeT.
"One of them has been identified as Junaid Sheergojri, involved in #killing of our colleague #Martyr Reyaz Ahmad on 13/5/22,” he tweeted.
#PulwamaEncounterUpdate: All three killed #terrorists are locals, linked with #terror outfit LeT. One of them has been identified as Junaid Sheergojri, involved in #killing of our colleague #Martyr Reyaz Ahmad on 13/5/22: IGP Kashmir@JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/EmLyKLNmge— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) June 12, 2022
The two others have been identified as Fazil Nazir Bhat and Irfan Ahmad Malik, he said.
#PulwamaEncounterUpdate: Other two killed #terrorists have been identified as Fazil Nazir Bhat & Irfan Ah Malik of #Pulwama district. #Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 02 AK 47 rifles and 01 pistol recovered: IGP Kashmir@JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/NxhjdtVRP2— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) June 12, 2022
The exchange of fire had begun Saturday after security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Drabgam area of the south Kashmir district following inputs about the presence of terrorists there.
The IGP said the police have also recovered incriminating material, arms and ammunition including two AK 47 rifles and one pistol during the operation.