Top JeM commander killed in J&K gunfight

Top JeM commander killed in J&K gunfight
Soldiers at the site where a militant was killed in a gunfight in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district Sunday. Photo: IANS

Srinagar: A Pakistani origin militant, one of the top commanders of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit, was Sunday killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dar Ganie Gund, village of Aribal area of Tral in south Kashmir district this morning, after receiving credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police spokesperson said.

He said during the search operation, the hiding militant fired on the search party and the fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter.

Huge quantity of arms, ammunition and incriminating material was recovered from the site of the encounter, he said.

"From the incriminating material recovered, it is learnt that the killed terrorist is one of the top commanders of proscribed terror outfit JeM identified as Adnan of Pakistani origin," the spokesperson said, adding that the operation has concluded.

A security force jawan was also injured in the encounter and has been admitted to a hospital.

A civilian, identified as Manzoor Dar from Tral, sustained injuries in cross-firing, the spokesperson said.

He said Dar was evacuated to a nearby hospital for medical attention and his condition is stated to be stable now.

Police have registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter, he said.

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