Slain JeM terrorist was active since 5 years: Police

Srinagar, April 12 : The ‘most wanted’ Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist, who was killed in a gunfight on Monday evening was active in south Kashmir districts since last five years, officials said. Security forces shot dead a ‘most wanted’ Pakistani militant Jameel Pasha alias Usman Chacha and a hybrid militant Sameer Ahmad Sofi in a gun battle at Khurbatpora area in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday evening. Two policemen were also wounded in the encounter. “The killed terrorist Jameel Pasha was active since five years in Kulgam-Shopian belt and had a history of terror crime cases including attacks on Police, security forces, abduction of forces personnel, civilian atrocities, IED attacks, weapon looting. Besides, he was also instrumental in recruitment of gullible youth into terror folds,” a police spokesman said. He said two slain were part of the group that escaped after a brief gunfight in Chaki Samad Kulgam on April 9. On Monday evening, based on specific input generated by Kulgam Police regarding movement of terrorists in a vehicle on Manzgam-Aharbal axis, a special joint team of Police and Army was constituted. “At about 5.50 pm, a three-wheeler vehicle (Tempo) was spotted near Khur-Batpora moving in suspicious conditions which was chased and challenged. However, the terrorists travelling in the suspected vehicle jumped out and resorted to indiscriminate firing towards the joint team of forces. The terrorists’ fire was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter. In the initial exchange of fire two police personnel got critically injured and were evacuated amidst the heavy firing and airlifted to Army’s Base Hospital Srinagar where their condition is stable now. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed,” the spokesman said. “The vehicle used in commission of crime has been seized,” he added Incriminating materials, arms and amm tion including an AK47 rifle, three AK47 Magazine, 36 AK 47 rounds, a pistol, a pistol magazine, five pistol rounds and a grenade was recovered from the encounter site MJR RKM

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