Kashmir: Two terrorists including a former journalist killed in Srinagar encounter
Two terrorists, one of whom was a former journalist running a news portal, were killed by the security forces during an encounter in the Rainawari area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday early morning, media reports said.
The former journalist, who used to run online news portal Valley News Service in Anantnag, has been identified as Ahmad Bhat, who was carrying his press card.
Bhat joined the terrorist ranks of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba in Aug 2019.
He was categorised as 'C' in the list of terrorists of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Two First Information Reports (FIRs) are already registered against him for terror crimes, police said.
Ahmad Bhat, journalist-turned terrorist
Apart from Bhat, the other slain terrorist has been identified as Hilal Ahmad Rah.
Police said an encounter broke out at Rainawari area of old Srinagar when forces launched an anti-militancy operation following an input about militant presence.
"The hiding terrorists opened fire triggering an encounter. In the gun battle two terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed," a police officer told UNI.
Kashmir Police Zone tweeted: "#SrinagarEncounterUpdate: Killed terrorist (Rayees Ah Bhat) was earlier a journalist &was running online news portal 'ValleyNews Service' in Anantnag. Joined terrorist ranks in 8/2021 &was categorised 'C' in our list. 02 FIRs are already registered against him for terror crimes."