Army jawan martyred, 3 terrorists gunned down in Pulwama encounter

Posted November 08, 2017

He said during searches, two hideouts of LeT terrorists were busted and a cache of explosives was recovered from there.

"We will ask Pakistan to collect the body because they [JeM] owned it", he alleged.

Talha, police said, is a nephew of Jaish chief Moulana Masood Azhar. Three suspected JeM terrorists were also killed in the encounter, and two AK-47 rifles and a pistol recovered, said defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia.

IHK Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said it was "an excellent operation, nicely coordinated between the Jammu and Kashmir police, the army and the CRPF".

The GOC Victor Force, Major General B.S. Raju said that the security forces have recovered M4 carbine, a United States made weapon used by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, from the gunfight site.

The M4 carbine which is in the use of the U.S. armed forces has replaced the M16 rifle.

Maj. Gen. B.S. Raju, commander of the Rashtriya Rifles' Victor Force, told the media conference, "This US made M4 carbine is presently with a lot of armies with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". But the forces have reason to believe that newer the weapon, easier they are to handle, even for newly recruited militants. "It has been admitted by the JeM", Maj Gen Raju said.

"The recovery of the U.S. made carbine shows the complicity between JeM and Pakistan".

He added that there were reports that 10 such rifles were brought by militants who infiltrated from across the border recently. "The matter will be taken up through proper channels".

The Jaish spokesman while paying tributes to the slain militants said that their sacrifices won't go waste."One day, forces have to leave Kashmir", he said.

The group, including Sameer Tiger, whose picture with a US-made M4 rifle was seen on social media a few days ago, appeared at the funeral of Wasim Ahmed Ganie and fired a volley of bullets in the air, he said. Pakistan denies the allegations and says it is doing more than any other country in fighting militant groups. "But we are fully capable of dealing with such situations", he said reiterating the appeal to the civilians not to try to disrupt the anti-militancy operations. The security forces also gunned down three terrorists in the operation. "The sun of freedom will set in and the sacred blood of the martyrs will not go waste", Salahuddin wrote to local news agency CNS.

Three terrorists have been killed and the firing has stopped, Army officials said.

Sources said that some youths pelted stones at an army camp in Yaar area of Pulwama district early Tuesday morning.