J&K: Security Forces Gun Down Three Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Terrorists In An Encounter In Pulwama DistrictIndian Army in Jammu and Kashmir. (Representative Image)

Three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday (19 February), the police said.

The encounter started on Tuesday (17 February) night in the Awantipora area in Pulwama. Among the slain terrorists was a dreaded top terror commander.

The terrorists were identified as Jehangir Rafiq Wani, Raja Umer Maqbool Bhat and Uzair Ahmed Bhat.

Sources said that a team of Special Operation Group (SoG) of the police had got a specific information about the terrorists after which the operation was launched in Awantipora.

A joint team of police and Army conducted cordon and search operation (CASO) after which an encounter broke out with the terrorists. Three weapons and ammunition were recovered from encounter site.

The module, which was earlier with Hizbul Mujahideen, had recently joined Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH).

Jehangir Rafiq Wani was the second-in-command to Hizbul Mujahideen commander Hammad Khan in Tral in the Pulwama district. Sources said Jehangir joined AuGH shortly before the death of Hammad in January 2020.

The terrorist group has been involved in a series of terror acts including the killing of civilians Mehrajuddin Zargar in November 2019, Ghulam Nabi Mir in February 2020 and the arson of a truck in November 2019, reports India Today.

(With inputs from IANS)

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