Security forces kill terrorist in Pulwama encounter; operation still on

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Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Ranbirgarh area . Representative photo: PTI

Security forces killed a terrorist during an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (June 18), police said.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation at Meej in Pampori area of Pulwama, in South Kashmir, this morning after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists fired on a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

One terrorist has been killed, the official said, adding the operation was ongoing. On Tuesday, security forces killed three terrorists in Shopian district, also in South Kashmir. Two AK rifles and one INSAS rifle were recovered from the encounter site.

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On Saturday, two terrorists were killed in Kulgam district. More than 100 terrorists, including over a dozen top commanders of various outfits, have been killed in separate encounters in the Union Territory this year, according to official estimates.

As many as 28 terrorists were killed in April, while 22 were killed in the past fortnight, officials said, adding 18 terrorists each were eliminated in January and May and seven each in February and March.

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