Security forces gunned down a militant, who was a divisional commander of the terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Muhammed, during an encounter on Saturday in Sopore town of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Imtiyaz Ahmad told reporters that divisional commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) using code names of Shoib and Yasir was operating in Sopore area for the last six years.
"Yesterday evening, police received the information about the presence of one militant, who was operating with code names of Shoib and Yasir in the area of Sopore and Rafiabad in village Chatura. So, we launch an operation with the help of army and cordoned the area. So, once the cordoned was being laid the militant fired upon the advancing party of police and army and return they fired. He was killed. He used to be the divisional commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist outfit and he is been operating in Sopore area for the last six years. I believe it is great achievement for police and security forces," said Ahmad.
Security forces detected the militant during the search operation after receiving secret information about his activities.
The Himalayan region is one of the world's most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989.
But while militancy has weakened over the years, the tactic of mass street protests and pelting of stones at security personnel have grown. (ANI)