Srinagar/UNI: A top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander and IED expert was among two militants killed in an encounter that ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the south Kashmir district of Pulwama.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar congratulated police and other security forces for conducting a successive operation without any collateral damage.
A police spokesman said that following specific information about the presence of militants in the forest at Nagberan-Tarsar Tral in Pulwama, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police, and CRPF launched a joint search operation in the wee hours on Saturday.
However, he said when security forces were moving towards a particular area militants hiding there fired at them with automatic weapons.
“The security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter,” he said.
He said two militants were killed in the general area of the Dachigam forest.
Identifying one of the two slain militants, Mr Kumar said the topmost Pakistani militant affiliated with proscribed outfit JeM Lamboo Bhai was killed in today’s encounter.
“Identification of the second militant is being ascertained,” he added.
Sources said that Lamboo Bhai was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert and was involved in many attacks in south Kashmir.