Eight militants were killed in the last 24 hours in two separate encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. While five terrorists were killed in Shopian, three were killed in Pampore. Two of the militants in Pampore had entered a nearby mosque to take refuge inside it and were forced out using tear gas and shot dead.
Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Meej in Pampore area of Pulwama in South Kashmir on Thursday morning after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated. One militant was killed in the gunfight on Thursday, but two ultras entered a nearby mosque to take refuge inside it, the official said. He said the cordon around the mosque was maintained throughout the night.
On Friday morning, security forces used tear smoke shells to force the holed up militants out of the mosque, the officials said, adding the two were then killed by the forces while maintaining the sanctity of the religious place.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said no firing or IED was used to force the militants out if the mosque.
“Patience and professionalism worked. No use of firing and IED. Used tear smoke shells only. Maintained sanctity of the mosque. Both terrorists hiding inside mosque neutralised,” the IGP said.
Meanwhile, another anti-militancy operation had been launched at Munand-Bandpava area of Shopian on Thursday morning after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists and it continued to Friday. Five terrorists have been gunned down in this operation.