A militant killed in Srinagar encounter was assigned to carry out a “fidayeen”(suicide) attack, police said on Friday.
Three militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces within a span of 24 hours.
One militant belonging to proscribed terror outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind was killed in Srinagar’s Bemina area, while two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen(HM), including the outfit’s district commander were killed during an overnight gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The militant killed in Srinagar, police said was a relative of one of the accused in the February 2019 suicide attack in Pulwama's Lethpora, in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives.
"#Terrorist killed in #Srinagar #Encounter identified as Aamir Riyaz of Khrew #Pulwama affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind. He was relative of one of the accused of #LethporaTerrorAttack and was assigned to carry out fidayeen attack," Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar wrote on Twitter.
#Terrorist killed in #Srinagar #Encounter identified as Aamir Riyaz of Khrew #Pulwama affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind. He was relative of one of the accused of #LethporaTerrorAttack and was assigned to carry out fidayeen attack: IGP Kashmir— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) November 12, 2021
The encounter in Srinagar broke out on Thursday evening in the Hamdaniya Colony area of Bemina.
An AK rifle, along with some ammunition, was seized from the site of the encounter after the slain terrorist's body was recovered.
Claiming responsibility for an "attack", the Mujahideen Ghazwatul Hind said three of its cadres "attacked the CRPF camp".
Meanwhile, police said a district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was among the two terrorists killed in Kulgam.
"Killed #terrorists identified as district commander of HM Shiraz Molvi & Yawar Bhat," the police wrote on Twitter.
They said Shiraz was active since 2016 and was involved in recruiting youngsters into terror ranks. He was also involved in several civilian killings.
"A big success for us," the IGP, Kashmir said.
The encounter in Kulgam's Chawalgam broke out after security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area on Thursday following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists there. (With PTI inputs)