Kulgam, April 04: During the intervening night of 03/04-04-2020, acting on a specific information regarding presence of 04 terrorists in village Hardmangori DH Pora who were involved in recent killing of civilians in Kulgam and Anantnag a joint search operation was launched by Police, Army and CRPF.
During cordon and search operation, hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately upon search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In the ensuing encounter, 04 terrorists were killed. They have been identified as Shahid Sadiq Malik resident of Khull DH Pora Kulgam, Mohd Ashraf Malik @Sadam resident of Arwani district Anantnag, Waqar Farooq Itoo resident of Hanan Chawalgam DH Pora, and the identity of 4th killed terrorist is yet to be ascertained.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunitions including 01 AK-47, 01 SLR, 01 Insas Rifle and 01 Pistol were recovered from their possession.
As per police records, the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM and involved in several terror crime cases including civilian atrocities.
Recently, while Police and Security Forces were busy in assisting the administration in combating Coronavirus, the killed terrorists started killing innocent civilians. On 01-04-2020 they killed two innocent civilians namely Hassan Rakha and Sheraj-Uddin Gossi residents of Nandimarg DH Pora Kulgam. On 02-04-2020 they also killed another civilian namely Mohd Showkat Dar resident of Fatehpora Anantnag.
People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.