Three terrorists — two of Al-Badr and one Hizbul Mujahideen — were killed in an overnight encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday. Meanwhile, J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh said Shabir Ahmad, the terrorist shot dead in Tuesday’s attack on BJP Ganderbal district president Gulam Hassan Rather’s residence, was a close aide of slain Hizbul commander Reyaz Naikoo and sent specifically for the targeted killing.
On Tuesday evening, a joint team of Army’s 44 RR, CRPF and J&K Police launched a cordon-and-search operation in Sugan area acting on intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists. The holed-up ultras were given a chance to surrender, but they opened fire at the search party instead, triggering an encounter. The operation was later suspended as darkness fell. Security personnel recovered the bodies of the slain trio — identified as Al-Badr’s Junaid Rasheed, Waseem Magree and Hizbul’s Sajad Malla, all locals — while combing the area on Wednesday morning, officials said.
Meanwhile, DGP Singh stated that Shabir, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, used to be an overground worker for Naikoo — who was killed in an anti-terror operation on May 6 in Awantipora