Srinagar: An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, including the mastermind of an IED blast in which four policemen lost their lives earlier this year, were killed.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chinkipora near Arampora area of Sopore township in the north Kashmir district on Thursday morning after receiving intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area. The search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding militants fired upon the forces.
“Initially, civilians were evacuated from the encounter site to safer areas before engaging the terrorists in the encounter,” a police spokesman said.
He said in the ensuing gunfight, two militants were killed. Some arms, ammunition and incriminating material were recovered from the site of the encounter.
“From the incriminating material recovered from the encounter site, the killed terrorists have been identified as foreigners from Pakistan namely Ali alias Athar and Zia-ur-Rehman. They were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM,” the spokesperson said.
He said Ali was one of the important commanders of JeM and was active since 2014.
“He was the mastermind of the January 6 Sopore IED blast in which four policemen attained martyrdom. Besides, both of them were involved in attacks on security force establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.
Sopore Encounter Update.Two foreign terrorists of JeM killed.Both of them were from Pakistan.They have been identified as Ali @ Athar & Zia-ur-Rehman.Ali was mastermind behind the Sopore IED blast in which four policemen were martyred.— J&K Police (@JmuKmrPolice) September 13, 2018
Police have registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated, the spokesman said....