Ground Report | New Delhi: Three militants have died in an encounter that started between security forces and militants in the Sopore area of North Kashmir on Sunday evening. IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar has confirmed that the three militants killed in the incident were from Lashkar-e-Taiba, which included well-known extremist Mudassir Pandith.
A police official said, that the top Lashkar commander identified as Mudasir Pandith has been killed in the Sopore operation while a foreigner who was identified as Asrar alias Abdullah was also killed in the gunfight. “Abdullah was active since 2018 in north Kashmir and his killing big success for police and relief to people of north Kashmir,” the official said.
For the past few days, joint teams of Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were conducting joint operations in the vicinity of Sopore after the terror attack on police in Sopore on June 12, in which two policemen and There were two civilians. were killed.
Police said Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attack, following which Vijay Kumar met senior army and CRPF officials in Sopore and said that Mudasir Pandit was one of the two local terrorists involved in the June 12 attack on policemen.
The Twitter handle of Kashmir Zone Police has tweeted that ‘Top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mudassir Pandit was responsible for other terrorist activities including the killing of 3 policemen, 2 counselors and recently 2 civilians who have been killed in Sopore encounter. .’
Police have said that after the encounter, three AK-47 rifles and other explosive materials were found from the militants.
Defence Spokesman in Srinagar Lieutenant Colonel Emron Musavi told News Agnecy KNO that the operation was launched based on police inputs. “Due retrain was exercised to avoid collateral damage. Three militants were killed and three AK’s and other war like stores recovered. Joint operation is over in the area.
Joint teams of security forces had laid a seize in Gund Brath village of Sopore late night yesterday and after zeroing in on a suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire triggering a gunfight.
Pandit was wanted by security forces in many cases, including the killing of two BJP councillors and a policeman during a meeting in Sopore in March this year.