New Delhi: Almost within 72 hours of the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday killing at least 41 CRPF personnel, security forces killed top Jaish-e-Mohammed operative Kamran, reportedly the mastermind of the attack, at Pinglan area in Pulwama district of the state on Monday.
Top Jaish-e-Mohammed operative Kamran, who is believed to be the mastermind of the Pulwama suicide bombing on Thursday, is believed to have been killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Pinglan area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
At least two terrorists had been trapped by security forces in a house. As per reports, the house in which they were holed up has been blasted by security forces. It is believe that all terrorists who were trapped in the house have been killed.
Four army personnel, including a major, and a civilian were also killed in the gunfight in Pingilana village which started early on Monday after cordon and search operation triggered exchange of fire. A civilian was also reportedly killed but there was no confirmation so far. However, the Army has not confirmed reports of any casualties yet. The area is under cordon and the operation is still on.
The bodies of two slain militants were retrieved from the encounter site, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Amit Kumar told media. “Weapons and war like stores also recovered. The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants are being ascertained. Search on in the area to find out if there are any more militants,” he added.
According to reports, two to three militants are believed to be hiding in the area. “At around 10.05 in the morning, firing, which stopped for a while, had resumed again,” Army sources told media. The place of encounter is just 15 km away from the car bomb explosion site at Lethpora.
The encounter started at 12.50 am on Monday at Pinglan in Pulwama and was led by the Army. CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police are also part of the operation.
At least 41 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday.
The incident happened when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed his vehicle carrying over 350 kg of explosives into a bus carrying the CRPF men.
More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at 3.15 pm on Thursday. One CRPF personnel, Maneswar Basumatary from Assam was also martyred during the attack.