Indian security forces kill six Kashmiri Al-Qaeda militants in encounter

New Delhi: Indian security forces shot dead six militants including the deputy chief of the Al-Qaeda led Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, which is the cell of Kashmir Valley for the Al-Qaeda. The fight took place in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.

“Six terrorists have been killed in the Tral area encounter. Weapons and war-like stores have been recovered. The operation is over,” said the Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.

The six dead have been identified as Soliha Mohammad Akhoon, Faisal, Nadeem Ahmad Sofi, Rasiq Mir, Rouf and Umar. According to the police reports Mohd Akhoon was the deputy chief of the group. The Ansar Ghazwatul Hind is led by Zakir Mousa.

After receiving the information of hidden militants, soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and special operations group (SOG) men surrounded Arampora village. The firing took place when militants hidden in the houses of the valley tried to escape during the joint operation of police and military in Arampora Tral, said the officials.

Internet and rail services in Pulwama district between the Valley and the Banihal town of Jammu region have been suspended. Inspector General SP Pani said there are was no collateral damage and called it a “clean operation.” He also thanked the civilians for their cooperation, reported ANI.