Lethpora CRPF camp attack Mastermind Khalid among 5 killed in Pulwama encounter

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SRINAGAR: Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, including a top commander who masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, a soldier and a civilian were killed in an encounter on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.

“The killed terrorists have been identified as two locals, Naseer Pandit and Umar Mir and a Pakistani Khalid Bhai. Khalid was a top JeM commander and he had masterminded the 2017 attack on the CRPF camp in Lethpora in which five troopers were martyred,” police sources said.

The civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of a house where the terrorists were hiding. While Dar’s brother Muhammad Younis, sustained a gunshot injury.

According to the sources, two soldiers and were also injured.

The encounter started in Dalipora village early Thursday morning after security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police, started a cordon and search operation following a tip-off about the terrorists.

Amid massive clashes near the encounter site and adjoining areas, authorities have imposed curfew in Pulwama town and suspended mobile Internet services.

Mobile internet speed has also been brought down in Srinagar city to prevent uploading of inflammatory pictures and posts.

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