Srinagar: Security forces shot dead a militant in a brief shootout at Cherdari area of Baramulla in northern Kashmir early Thursday morning. Police said he was on a mission to target a shopkeeper.
Police identified the slain as Javid Ahmad Wani of Kulgam.
“#Terrorists fired on ADP of Army and Police in Cherdari, #Baramulla. Alert parties retaliated and 1 terrorist killed. #Identification is being #ascertained. 01 pistol, 01 loaded magazine & 01 Pak grenade was recovered from his possession.@JmuKmrPolice,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted soon after the shootout
In another tweet, police said: “Killed #terrorist is hybrid type, identified as Javed Ah Wani of #Kulgam district and he has assisted terrorist Gulzar (who was killed on 20th Oct) in #killing of 2 labourers from #Bihar in #Wanpoh. He was on a mission to target one shopkeeper in #Baramulla: IGP Kashmir.”
Last week, the security forces killed four militants, including two commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), who, police had said were involved in the killing of migrant labourers in Kashmir.
Two labourers from Bihar were gunned down recently when militants had barged into their accommodation in Kulgam district, taking the number of civilians killed in targeted attacks in Kashmir this month to 11. Another labourer had also sustained bullet injuries in the incident.
Among the 11 civilians killed, five were migrant workers killed in targeted attacks on civilians in Kashmir this month.
Security forces have stepped up counter-insurgency operations and security across Kashmir in the aftermath of the attacks.
On Saturday, Union home minister Amit Shah chaired a security meeting in Srinagar in the backdrop of the civilian killings in Kashmir.