Srinagar, Sep 13 : Four Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed and eight security personnel,including a DSP, injured in two separate gun battles in Sopore and in Kakriyal village near the Mata Vaishno Devi University in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
Two of them were killed in Arampore area in Sopore town, Defence Ministry said.
Two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist were killed and eight security personnel, including a DSP, injured Thursday in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district, police said.
Security forces, during a cordon and search operation, zeroed in on a location near a house in the district’s Kakriyal area, and surrounded the terrorists, officials said.
The encounter broke out as the security forces, comprising CRPF, police and Army personnel, closed in on them, they said.
“On the basis of inputs we launched an operation in Sopore town and successfully eliminated two terrorists. We also ensured that no civilian was injured. It was joint operations by police, CRPF & Army, Brig V Hariharan,Commander,Watlab Sector said on Sopore encounter.
Police said the security forces, including Rashtriya Rifles, the Special Operations Group and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), cordoned off the area in the morning after being tipped off about the gunmen.
“As the cordon was tightened, the militants opened fire triggering a gunfight,” a police officer said.
Two more militants were killed in Reasi district after an Army operation that began early in the day, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General Arvind Bhatia said.
He said the militants had recently sneaked into the state from Pakistan.
Eight security personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, were injured in the fighting in Kakriyal village near the Mata Vaishno Devi University.
The dead were among the three militants who had opened fire on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur district from a truck before escaping on Wednesday.
The Army, police and CRPF tracked down the militants using drones, helicopters and other surveillance gadgets in the forests of Jhajar and adjoining areas.
Those injured in the Wednesday militant attack included a CRPF trooper.
Once the militants were discovered, the villagers were evacuated before the final assault on the militants was mounted.
A villager earlier told the security forces that on Wednesday night the three armed militants entered his home, changed their clothes, took away biscuits and water and left.
Traffic on the national highway between Nagrota and Jhajar Kotli was suspended on Thursday. Schools in the area were also closed.
The police on Wednesday detained the driver and helper of the truck. An AK-47 rifle and three magazines were recovered.