Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Dec 22 (ANI): Six terrorists, including a close aide of Zakir Musa, were gunned down during an encounter in Awantipora on Saturday.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area following specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the forces conducted searches, terrorists fired upon them, which triggered the encounter.
The identities and affiliations of the slain terrorists are being ascertained, however one is an aide of Musa, head of Al-Qaeda affiliated Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.
Police seized incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, from the site of the encounter after the operation got over, and initiated an investigation in the matter.
“Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” said a press release from the state police.(ANI)