In a major development in Jammu and Kashmir, 3 Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were neutralised by security forces on Wednesday, May 25, in an encounter at the Najibhat crossing in the Kreeri area of Baramulla. Unfortunately, one Jammu and Kashmir police jawan Alfaz Maqsood has been martyred in this chance encounter.
Notably, the encounter was started at 10:30 AM on Wednesday in the Kreeri area of Baramulla and three JeM terrorists from Pakistan were killed in a joint operation of J&K police, Indian Amry's Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF. According to J&K Police, incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the terrorists. The cordon and search operation is still underway.
Speaking to Republic about the encounter, IGP Vijay Kumar said, "3 JeM Pakistani terrorists were killed during the encounter. Our one Jawan has been martyred. There were inputs that the terrorists were going to carry out an attack and the encounter was a big success. There were active in the Gulmarg area for the last 3-4 months and we were having information about them. Till now 22 Pakistan terrorists are gunned down by security forces. Last year the number was 21."
#LIVE | 3 Pakistani terrorists were killed during the encounter. Our 1 Jawan has been martyred. There were inputs that the terrorists were going to carry out an attack and the encounter was a big success: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar on Baramulla encounterhttps://t.co/hBNv8QrX25 pic.twitter.com/laLPnILaWQ— Republic (@republic) May 25, 2022
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and political parties strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack on a police officer and his daughter in the Soura area of Srinagar. Condemning the terror attack, L-G Sinha assured that the people bending the despicable attack would not go unpunished. He saluted martyr Saifullah Qadri and said that his service to the nation and supreme sacrifice will be remembered.
I strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Soura, Srinagar. I assure the people that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished. I salute the martyr Policeman SgCt Saifullah Qadri. His service to the nation and supreme sacrifice will always be remembered.— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) May 24, 2022
Congress J&K chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma also condemned the attack and said that such targetted attacks are part of a nefarious design but the forces behind such attacks shall never succeed. The party also expressed concern over the targeted attacks in Kashmir Valley in the recent past. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also condemned the attack on Quadri. "May Allah grant Const Qadri place in Jannat & may his family find strength to bear this great loss. A special prayer for the injured daughter for a quick & complete recovery," he said.