A lot of progress had been made as eight terrorists were reportedly gunned down in the two encounters in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts in India.
According to the Indian Army spokesperson, said five terrorists have been gunned down killed in Shopian and three in Pulwama in the two encounters in the last 24 hours.
The official said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.
On Friday morning, security forces used tear smoke shells to force the holed up terrorists out of the mosque, the officials said, adding the two were then killed by the forces while maintaining the sanctity of the religious place.
Vijay Kumar, Kashmir’s inspector general of police, said no one fired any weapon and no improvised explosive device (IED) was used to force the terrorists out of the mosque.
“Patience and professionalism worked. No use of firing an IED. Used tear smoke shells only. Maintained sanctity of the mosque. Both terrorists hiding inside mosque neutralized,” Kumar said.