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    3 terrorists killed in Tral encounter after they refused to surrender: Army

    Brigadier Vijay Mahadevan, Commander of 1 Sector Rashtriya Rifles...

    J-K: One terrorist killed, encounter underway in Tral

    One terrorist has been killed in Tral, J&K. The operation is still underway.J-K: One te...

    Hizbul commander Jahangeer Wani, among 3 killed in Tral encounter: J&K DGP

    J&K DGP, Dilbag Singh informed that the 3 Hizbul Mujaheedin terror...

    • The advocate arrested with Singh –– Irfan Shafi Mir –– is said to be the real conduit who was in touch with several agencies, officials at the Pakistan high commission and Hizbul militants, the NIA probe has revealed. Irfan’s father Mohd Shafi Mir was a constable with J&K police.

      Indian Army gun down 3 terrorists in Tral, J&K. Reportedly, a top terror commander has also been killed3 militants killed in encounter in Tr...

      Police said the three have been identified as Aadil Rasool Ganie, a resident of Batagund and Riyaz Ahmad Bhat and Mohammad Isaq Bhat - both residents of Tral Payeen. They were involved in providing shelter, logistics and other kind of support to militants operating in the areas of Tral, the official said.

      Asked whether foreign terrorists are a bigger challenge or the local ones, the IGP said both are a challenge but the forces are experienced enough to deal with them.

      "Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an operation in the Tral area," DGP Dilbagh Singh told reporters here. Singh said the slain militants have been identified as Jehangir Ahmad Wani, who had taken over the command of the outfit in the area after the killing of Hammad, Raja Umer Maqbool and Sadaat Ahmad Thokar.

      Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Gulshanpora area of Tral in the south Kashmir district Sunday morning after receiving specific intelligence about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting searches, the militants fired at them, triggering an encounter.

      Riyaz Naikoo’s eight years long journey as a militant since 2012, came to an end in his native village, which by now had become used to frequent crackdowns and search operations. For past one year, locals claim the village was cordoned almost twice or thrice every month.

      "Police in Awantipora arrested a terrorist associate involved in threatening and intimidating locals in Tral area. He has been identified as Asif Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Larow Jageer Tral," a police official said. He also said as per the police records, Bhat was involved in publishing and circulation of threat posters in the area.

      Riyaz Naikoo’s death has left a serious void at the top for HuM and possible successors being considered are "Dr Saifullah" or Abu Musaid, a resident of Malangpora in Pulwama, who was part of the Burhan Wani group of 12 terrorists, and Juniad Sehrai, chief of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction who joined the terror group in 2018.

      Two terrorists were also killed in the encounter at the Chanjmulla area of Handwara, which is part of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, they said.

      Seventeen security forces personnel lost their lives while fighting the terrorists in the union territory, they said. The militants also killed nine civilians in the last four months, the officials said. Giving details, a senior official told that the slain terrorists included top commanders of JeM, LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen.

      A brief exchange of fire is now being reported from Tral village. Militants opened fire on forces search party near Kuchmullah village. The ...

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