Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: In a huge success, the security forces on Saturday morning gunned down three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian, said the officials while adding that the operation is still underway.

According to the officials, the three terrorists were hiding at the Amshipora area of Shopian and a joint operation was launched by the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF after receiving specific inputs about the militants hiding in the area.

The officials said that the terrorists were asked to surrender. They, however, fired upon the security forces which led to the encounter.

The identity of the slain terrorists is yet to be identified. However, some media reports suggest that the terrorists killed in the encounter belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen.

This was the second encounter in less than 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir. On Friday, the security forces had gunned down three militants, including a self-styled top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), in Kashmir's Kulgam.

As per the officials, Waleed Bhai, one of the militants killed in the encounter, was a commander of JeM and an IED expert, adding that his killing was a huge success for the security forces.

"Waleed Bhai had escaped from the cordon (of the security forces) four times so far. He was one among the 12 most wanted militant commanders," said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, as reported by news agency PTI.

"Today's encounter is a huge success for the security forces as Waleed Bhai was active for the past one and a half years and was operating in South Kashmir areas, including Qazigund highway stretch," he said. 

Kumar further said that the security forces have recovered a US made M-4 carbine from him.

Asked whether there were more IED experts of JeM alive, Kumar said, "There is one more Pakistani militant whose name is Adnan Bhai alias Lamboo Bhai, who is also an IED expert of Jaish. So, the IED attack threat remains".

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma