March 9, 2021 | 1:26 AM IST
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Eight militants neutralised in Jammu and Kashmir in last 24 hours

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir gunned down eight militants in two different encounters in Shopian and Pampore in South Kashmir in the past 24 hours. The security forces reveal that while three terrorists were killed in Pampore, five were killed in Shopian. As per the J&K Police, the terrorists were a mixed group of both Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).

In Pampore operation, the forces cordoned off Meej area and launched a search operation on Thursday morning. During the operation, the terrorists started firing and while one of them was killed, the other two entered the mosque. The mosque remained cordoned throughout the night and on Friday morning tear shells were used to bring out the terrorists who were eventually killed.

 The Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbag Singh said, "While conducting operation at Meez Pampore full sanctity of the mosque was maintained. Local people and Masjid committee expressed happiness and thanked district police chief Tahir for patience and good supervision. They also complimented Army and CRPF involved in the operation for restraint.”

Meanwhile, in another anti-militancy operation in Shopian district, five terrorists were killed in Muand-Bandpava. The operation was jointly carried out by the J&K Police and 44 Rashtirya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who neutralised one terrorist on Thursday and four on Friday.

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