Handwara meeting: in a great success of the anti-terrorist operation, the security forces killed three Pakistani terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. “In Unisoo Handwara, the three seemingly Pakistani terrorists have been neutralized by the joint police team of Jammu and Kashmir, RR and CRPF,” said Shesh Paul Vaid of Jammu and Kashmir. This happened even when two terrorists were killed and a militant was wounded in a meeting with the security forces in Bomai of Jammu Kashmir. The wounded terrorist was captured. It was learned that the meeting began last night. Search operations are still ongoing, according to reports.
The identity of the terrorists has not yet been confirmed. The shots have been stopped for the time being, but the troops of the 92nd Central Police Reserve Battalion (CRPF) along with 22 Rashtriya Rifles and the state police are conducting a search operation in the area. This happened after three Lashker-e-Taiba militants, including two Pakistanis, allegedly responsible for carrying out an attack on the Amarnath pilgrims in July this year, were killed in a meeting in South Kashmir on December 5.
A militant, who had managed to flee the site of the meeting, was also arrested by police at a maternity hospital in the Anantnag district of southern Kashmir, they said. The meeting occurred yesterday afternoon when militants opened fire on an army convoy on its way to Srinagar, in Qazigund, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier died in the attack while another suffered injuries. The security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search for the militants. The search operation turned into an encounter with militants that ended at 2 AM this morning, police said.
The police identified the dead militants as Yawar Basir, who is a local militant, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists). Basir, a native of Habiash of Kulgam, joined Lashker-e-Taiba this year in February after snatching the gun from a policeman. Furqan had assumed the position of chief of Lashker-e-Taiba in southern Kashmir after the death of Abu Ismail, who had led the attack on the pilgrims of Amarnath in July this year. Police said the three, killed today, were part of the squad that carried out the attack against Yattr on July 10.
Eight pilgrims were killed and another 19 injured. Police said the group led by Furqan was involved in a series of terrorist crimes in the Anantnag and Kulgam area, which included the Yatra Bus Attack case in Bantingo, few attacks on the security forces in Lower Munda on the national highway, attack the police at the bus stop in Anantnag. Furqan had replaced Ismail in southern Kashmir and was responsible for the recent attacks carried out by LeT, police said.
Following the clues available at the Qazigund meeting, one Rashid Ahmed Allai from Hamzapora sangam Bijibehera was arrested from the Janglatmandi maternity hospital with a Chinese handgun and live cartridges last night. He had disappeared from the last two days of his house and had joined the Yawar group of LeT. The police said that he was part of the militant group when yesterday they carried out an attack on the army in Qazigund but managed to escape from the site when the meeting was broken. He had taken refuge in the Anantnag hospital with the help of one of his partners. According to the police, together with his associates, they intended to take the gun from the police when attacking them.