Awantipora Encounter Update: 1 Terrorist Killed, Operation Underway, Says Kashmir Zone Police

Team Latestly

Srinagar, January 22: One militant was killed in an encounter which erupted between security personnel and insurgents in Awantipora town of Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district. The gunfight in South Kashmir was reported a day after the militants gunned down an Indian Army jawan and a Special Police Officer (SPO) of J&K police during a counter-insurgency operation. Three Militants Killed in Encounter With Security Forces in Shopian, Arms and Ammunition Seized.

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"One terrorist has been neutralised. The operation is currently underway," said the Kashmir Zone Police, hours after a group of security personnel comprising of the armed forces personnel and J&K Police's Special Operations Group cracked down at a militant hideout in Awantipora.

Update by ANI

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A day earlier, the gunfight in which the Army jawan and SPO were killed was reported in Khrew region of Pulwama. On Monday, the security forces had raided a militant hideout in neighbouring Shopian district, where three members of the Hizbul Mujahideen were killed.

Following the encounter in Shopian, Jammu & Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh claimed that the Hizbul is on the verge of "complete wipeout" from the Valley. The insurgent outfit, headed by PoK-based Syed Salahuddin, comprises largely of local disgruntled youth who have been drawn to radicalism. The two other major militant outfits operating in Kashmir - Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed - comprises mostly of cross-border militants who infiltrate into J&K through the porous borders.