Two terrorists, Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Junaid Mattoo and his aide, have been gunned down by the Indian Army, Special Operations Group and CRPF in an encounter in Kulgam this Friday.
They were two of the three terrorists trapped inside a house in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir. After receiving intelligence information, security forces challenged these terrorists on Friday morning. Soon, a gun-battle broke out between the three terrorists of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Indian security forces.
The house was cordoned off by security forces at 8 a.m. after which they waited for two hours before the firing by the terrorists began at 10 a.m.
As per reports, a 22-year-old civilian identified as Mohammad Ashraf Khar was killed and 59 civilians got injured in the clashes. This happened while some locals started pelting stones at the security forces as they laid a cordon around the house where the terrorists were hiding. After the locals of the village did not stop pelting stones, troops resorted to the use of tear gas and firing pellets. Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani received an injury by a bullet in his chest. He was immediately rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Junaid Mattoo was one of the 12 most wanted terrorists in the valley. A resident of Khudwan village in Kulgam, Mattoo joined a militant group at the age of 18 in June 2015 and has been active in terrorist activities since then. He was in the news in June 2016 for killing two policemen at Anantnag bus stand in broad daylight.
After Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, a close associate of Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter on May 27, Mattoo is the second big success for Indian security forces.
The information was also shared by Major Surendra Poonia, former special forces officer, and a celebrated Indian sportsman and army man, on his twitter handle,
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) June 16, 2017