Security forces killed two terrorists belonging to the proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the Alshipora area of Shopian in South Kashmir. Acting on credible intelligence, the security forces launched a targeted operation, leading to the encounter with the terrorists.
The encounter resulted in killing of two LeT militants, identified as Morifat Maqbool and Jazim Farooq, also known as Abrar. One of them believed to have killed a Kashmir Pandit, Sanjay Sharma.
Sharma was killed in a militant shootout at his home in Achan (Pulwama) in February. This led the family to migrate for the first time since 1989. The State Investigating Agency is probing the murder case.
The encounter took place after intelligence inputs pointed towards the presence of terrorists in the Alshipora area. The security forces, including local police and army units, cordoned off the area and initiated the operation, leading to a fierce gun battle with the militants.