New Delhi (Sputnik): Two terrorists affiliated with the jihadi group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen were killed in a gunfight with Indian security forces in the town of Bijbehara in south Kashmir early in the morning on Thursday in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, reports news portal Risingkashmir.
As per local police officials, the two local terrorists have been identified as Safder Amin Bhat (age 25) and Burhan Ahmad Ganie (25). The two men had joined the terrorist outfit two years ago, added the report. A cordon and search operation was launched at Bagender Mohalla in the Bijbehara area after reports were received about the presence of terrorists in the area.
Anantnag encounter: Two terrorists neutralized in encounter with security forces in Bagender Mohalla of Bijbehara in Anantnag identified as Safder Amin Bhat and Burhan Ahmad Ganie. One AK rifle and one SLR recovered. pic.twitter.com/lotmwOymQ1— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2019
"The provocative firing by terrorists was retaliated (against) appropriately by security forces, triggering a gunfight in which two militants were killed. The bodies have been retrieved," a local police official said.
KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps: Total 69 terrorists have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 terrorists have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis. pic.twitter.com/IYkBLXs1TR— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019
"Out of 25 killed JeM militants, 13 were foreigners. Basically we have targeted the JeM leadership. The situation now is, there is no one coming forward to take the leadership of JeM in the valley," Dhillon added.
Following the Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force conducted a ‘non-military pre-emptive' aerial strike in Balakot inside Pakistan on 26 February to wipe out alleged terror infrastructure operated by JeM. Pakistan retaliated on the following day, with over two dozen fighter jets entering the Indian airspace. An aerial clash ensued between the two nuclear-armed nations for the first time in five decades. An Indian MiG-21 Bison reportedly shot down a Pakistani F-16 before it crashed inside Pakistan's territory; India also lost a plane. Pakistan has, however, denied that the F-16 plane was shot down.