Srinagar : Six mujahideen, including two praying inside a mosque, were martyred in two separate operations in south Kashmir on Friday, taking the toll in the twin encounters to eight in the past 36 hours.
A gunfight erupted in Pampore’s Meej area on Thursday morning during a cordon-and-search operation, following a tip-off. While one mujahid was martyred on Thursday morning, two were praying inside a nearby mosque. The occupational forces continued with the operation throughout the day and the night.
In a separate operation, which was carried out jointly by the Indian occupational Army, the police and the CRPF on Thursday afternoon, four mujahideen were martyred in Shopian’s Bandpawa. Earlier, one mujahid was martyred in this encounter.
“The bodies of five mujahideen have been retrieved and their identity and affiliation is being ascertained,” sources said.
Preliminary reports suggested that the mujahideen are believed to be affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Jaish-e-Muhammad. However, there is no official confirmation yet.
At least 102 mujahideen, including top commanders, were martyred in Kashmir this year. Of them, 72 mujahideenwere martyred during the coronavirus pandemic in Kashmir since March 20. Around 27 mujahideen were martyred in the operations of the security forces in south Kashmir this month, including 22 mujahideen in Shopian district.