SRINAGAR: Six terrorists were on Thursday killed in two gun battles with security forces in Baramulla and Anantnag districts, police said.
“Four terrorists were killed in Arwani operation in Anantnag district while two ultras were eliminated in an encounter at Kreeri in Baramulla,” a senior police official said.
Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Kreeri area in the early hours following information about presence of terrorists there, the official said, adding the terrorists opened fire on the security forces triggering an encounter.
The identity of the two slain terrorists, affiliated to Lashkar-e-Toiba, was being ascertained, he added.
In the second operation in Arwani area of Anantnag district, four terrorists were killed after intense exchange of fire.
He said the identity of the slain terrorists was being ascertained.
Arms and ammunition have been recovered from both the encounter sites, police said.
The terrorist killings triggered intense protests and clashes in the area.
At Khar Mohalla of Arwani in Bijbehara district Anantnag, Police and Security Forces launched a cordon and search operation based on credible input about the presence of the terrorists in the area.
As the search operation was going on, hiding terrorists fired upon the search party, which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
The security forces put up printed banners at several places near the encounter site, urging people not to go there as there could be unexploded bombs or grenades.
The banners were printed in Urdu language and have been added to the standard operating procedures in the wake of Kulgam incident on last Sunday when seven civilians lost their lives in an explosion after an encounter had ended.
Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.
“Residents are once again requested not to venture inside the site of encounter since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.”
People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitised and cleared of all the explosives materials if any, said police.