Srinagar. One of the three terrorists killed in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir is also a suicide bomber. The police gave this information on Friday. With this, the number of terrorists killed so far this year has gone up to 133. Police said that the mobile phone of the terrorist killed in the encounter in Srinagar has revealed that he was tasked to carry out a suicide attack in the city and was a member of terrorist organization Mujahideen Gajwatul Hind. At the same time, one of the two terrorists killed in an encounter in Kulgam district of South Kashmir was the district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).
A total of 133 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year, including many top commanders, the police official said. Police said the terrorist killed in Srinagar was a relative of an accused in the February 2019 suicide attack at Lethpora in Pulwama in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred. On the basis of intelligence inputs about a possible terrorist attack and movement of terrorists in Bemina area of Srinagar, a check post was set up and the plans of the terrorists were foiled on Thursday, a police spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the terrorists attacked the check post set up at Bund Bemina following which the encounter started, he said. The spokesman said that a terrorist of Mujahideen Gajwatul Hind has been killed in the encounter and his body has been recovered from the encounter site. The slain terrorist has been identified as Amir Riaz, a resident of Kheru in Pampore and a relative of one of the accused in the February 2019 attack on a CRPF convoy at Lethpora in Pulwama, he said. 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in the Pulwama attack. The spokesman said, “Preliminary investigation has indicated that Riyaz was given the responsibility of carrying out similar suicide attacks.” The digital evidence recovered from his mobile showed that he was prepared by the organization for a suicide attack. Meanwhile, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including the district commander, have been killed in an overnight encounter in South Kashmir’s Kulgam. It is noteworthy that after receiving information about the presence of terrorists in Chanchar village located in Chawlagam area of Kulgam district, security forces started a cordon and search operation.
A police spokesman said, the presence of terrorists was received during the search operation. He was given a chance to surrender. But they started firing indiscriminately on the joint security team. The joint team rescued the civilians and sent them to safer places to ensure their safety. After this retaliation took place, which started the encounter. He said one terrorist was killed in the initial firing but the operation was called off at night due to darkness. The spokesman said that repeated announcements were made to surrender the hiding terrorist in the early hours of Friday, but he opened fire on the security forces after which he was killed in retaliatory action. The bodies of both the terrorists killed in the encounter have been recovered, he said. One of them has been identified as Hizbul Mujahideen district commander Shiraz Ahmed alias Shiraz Maulvi, a resident of Souch Kulgam, while the other terrorist has been identified as Yawar Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Ponipora in Kulgam itself. According to police records, the slain terrorists belonged to the banned Hizbul Mujahideen and were involved in several terrorist activities, including attacks on security forces and civilians, a police spokesman said.
He told that Shiraz Ahmed was a terrorist of ‘A++’ category and was active since the year 2016. His name was on the list of wanted terrorists. He was responsible for recruiting innocent youths into terrorist organizations and spreading terror by killing civilians including political activists in Devsar and Brajlu areas of Kulgam, the spokesman said. He had 15 FIRs registered against him in connection with various terrorist attacks. He said material related to the crime and ammunition including AK rifle and pistol have been recovered from the Kulgam encounter site. An AK rifle has also been recovered from the Bemina encounter site. Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar congratulated the joint team for conducting both the encounters in a professional manner and neutralizing three terrorists, including the most wanted.