J&K: 5 LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Kulgam encounter

Kulgam Encounter

Srinagar, Sep 15: Five terrorists belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) were gunned down by security forces in an encounter at Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.

Three were shot dead this morning during a cordon and search operation, while the two others were killed during the encounter that followed.

The five belonged to the terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, including one who was involved in last year’s attack on a cash van that killed five policemen and two bank guards, a police spokesman said.

The police spokesman said the terrorists have been identified as Gulzar Ahmad Paddar, Faisal Ahmad Rather, Zahid Ahmad Mir, Masroor Molvi and Zahoor Ahmad Lone, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the mobile, as well as the train services between Baramulla and Qazigund, were suspended due to apprehensions of law and order problems.

The security forces launched a search operation on Saturday morning getting intelligence inputs that some terrorists have been hiding at Chowgam in the south Kashmir district, 72 km from Srinagar. They were fired upon when they entered the area further leading to the encounter.


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