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SRINAGR: Four terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and al-Badr teams, including those involved in the killing of an off-duty Territorial Army soldier in Anantnag on Friday, were shot dead in two encounters on Sunday with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
With this, the death toll in the encounters that began Saturday in Anantnag and Shopian has risen to five, as a terrorist was killed in the initial exchange of fire.
Towseef Ahmad Bhat and Aamir Hussain Ganie, both from Bijbehara and linked to LeT, were killed in Semthan village in the Bijbehara area of ​​Anantnag district in southern Kashmir after they refused to surrender and indiscriminately fired at a group of search, police said.
“Both were wanted for many terrorist crimes, including the murder of an off-duty Territorial Army soldier, Mohammad Saleem Akhoon, near his home in Goriwan Bijbehara on Friday. They were also wanted in the case of an attack on a CRPF party in which a CRPF jawan was killed, ”said an official.
Security forces rescued all civilians trapped in the area and halted the operation overnight, he added. In the early morning the operation was resumed and both terrorists were eliminated, the official said.
The ultras were also involved in threatening and intimidating the civilian population in the area and in tempting young people to join the ranks of terror, he said.
According to police records, Bhat had been active since 2017 and Ganie had joined the terrorist ranks in 2018.
“The terrorists responsible for the killing of the Jawan army have been neutralized in two days at the Bijbehara meeting,” said Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar.
Weapons and ammunition were recovered from the site, including two AK-series rifles. The IGP said that one of the terrorists killed in the Shopian meeting was recently recruited into the ranks of terrorists and the security forces made sincere efforts to persuade him to surrender, but the other terrorists would not allow him to do so.
“The parents also made appeals, but other terrorists did not let him surrender,” Kumar said.
He identified the killed terrorists as Aasif Ahmad Ganai and Faisal Gulzar Ganai, both residents of Chitragam Kalan. The identity of the third terrorist has not yet been determined.
Police sources said Faisal was a minor and had recently joined the terrorist ranks.
Giving details of the operation, the police official said that the security forces launched the cordon and search operation in the orchards of the Reban Bandpawa area after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists there.
He said the terrorists were given the opportunity to surrender. However, they fired indiscriminately at the search party of the forces.
In the initial retaliatory shot, a terrorist was killed. But the operation was called off to give the trapped terrorists another chance to surrender, the official said.
The forces exercised the utmost restraint and facilitated the presence of relatives of a hidden terrorist, Faisal Gulzar, at the meeting place to persuade him to surrender, the IGP said.
However, despite repeated appeals from his relatives and guarantees from the security forces, the other terrorists would not let him surrender, the official said.
During a fierce shooting in the early hours, both trapped terrorists were killed and the bodies of the three were recovered from the meeting site, he said.
“According to police records, they were part of groups involved in many cases of terrorist crimes and linked to the banned terrorist group Al-Badr,” he said.
Weapons and ammunition, including an AK-56 rifle and two pistols, as well as other incriminating material, were recovered at the scene of the meeting.

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