Kashmir : Counter Terror Operation Updates and Discussions

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Another BJP Sarpanch Shot Dead by Militants in J&K's Kulgam, 2nd Attack in Less Than 48 Hrs
Another Bharatiya Janata Party sarpanch, Sajad Ahmad Khanday, was shot at by militants outside his residence at Vessu Gazigund area of Kulgam. He later succumbed at a hospital.

Officials said that Khanday was critically injured in the firing. He was taken to Anantnag's Government Medical College, where doctors declared him brought dead to the hospital.

This is the second attack in less than 48 hours as a BJP sarpanch Arif Ahmad was critically wounded after militants fired upon him at Akhran Qazigund on the evening of August 4.

The outgoing lieutenant governor GC Murmu said that they were assessing the situation. "We have seen that some soft targets are there. A lot of terrorists have been neutralization recently so there are some desperate actions. Wherever it is required, we are providing security. It is a continuous process to assess the threat," he said.
 

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Shopian encounter: Al Badr founder Shakoor Ahmed Parray among 4 terrorists gunned down
Srinagar: The security forces, in a joint operation, on Friday gunned down four terrorists in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, including the founder of Al Badr group who was once an SPO with the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The security forces also managed to capture one of the terrorists hiding in Kiloora area of Shopian district.

Of the four terrorists gunned down, one was identified as Shakoor Ahmed Parray, founder and district commander of Al Badr terrorist group. A second terrorist was identified as Suhail Bhat, who had abducted and killed the sarpanch of Khanmoh.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the terrorists.

“A terrorist surrenders while four terrorists have been eliminated in an ongoing encounter in Kiloora area of Shopian district. Two AKs and three pistols recovered. Joint operation in progress,” the Indian Army had said earlier.

“Shopian Police was informed that 4-5 terrorists were in an orchard in Kiloora area. When security forced cordoned off the area and started search operation, they fired on them. Four terrorists have been killed while one has been captured. He is being questioned.

“Out of four terrorists killed, Shakoor Ahmed Parray was the most important. He was a special police officer (SPO) and later made constable. He had fled with four AK-47s, joined terrorism and formed a group, Al-Badr, and recruited 10 youths out of which 5 have been killed,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, said.

“No police personnel has been injured in the encounter in Kiloora area of Shopian district. We will increase our operations from November in order to eliminate remaining terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Police earlier said the encounter had started after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Kiloora area of the Shopian district.

The security forces had received a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the area.

As the search operation was being carried out, the terrorists opened fire on a search party. The forces retaliated triggering a gunfight. Additional forces were also sent to the area.
 
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