Longest-surviving terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter: Police

Once a LeT hotbed, Kakapora has no active terrorist now, says IGP Birdi

Srinagar: One of the longest-surviving terrorist, along with an associate, was killed in an encounter with government forces in the Nihama area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.

A police officer informed the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation on Sunday evening based on a specific input.

As the joint forces intensified their search towards the suspected hideout, the hiding terrorists opened fire, triggering a prolonged gunfight, he said.

“Despite being given the opportunity to surrender, the terrorists declined,” the officer said, adding that the exchange of fire lasted for several hours, resulting in the deaths of two terrorists.

He identified the slain as Riyaz Ahmad Dar, a resident of Sethargund Kakapora, who had been active for the last eight years, and Rayees Ahmad of Larve Kakapora, who had been active for three years.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, V K Birdi, termed the killings as a significant development towards achieving a terrorism-free Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the encounter, which began on Sunday evening and continued until Monday afternoon, resulted in the killing of the two terrorists.

An official said that the Kakapora hamlet in Pulwama was once a hotbed of terrorism, particularly associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). “With the elimination of these two active terrorists, the area of Kakapora no longer has any active terrorists,” he said—(KNO)

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