Pulwama encounter: Security forces gun down 1 militant, search operation underway


Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Dec 26 (ANI): An encounter is reportedly underway in Karnabal Samboora area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district between the terrorists and the security forces on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

"The Divisional Commander of JeM Noor Mohammad Tantrey alias Noor Trali was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Samboora area of Pulwama", an Army official said.

Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan said that the killed terrorist was a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and also the jihadist group of Kashmir.

In the ensuing encounter, Tantray was killed whereas there was no information about the presence of the second militant, it said. "The operation is in progress", said the spokesman.

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Noor Mohammad was arrested in 2003 by Delhi police and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.

Security forces are calling Noor Mohammad's killing a huge success as he had become a "headache" in the Valley.

Tantray was responsible for the militant attack on the Border Security Force's (BSF) camp near Srinagar airport in October, a police officer said. Tantray had been out on a parole since 2015.

As per intelligence reports, JeM consolidated their strength this year, but in the last 3 months itself, security forces have been able to eliminate 15 of their cadres in south Kashmir.