SHOPIAN: In the village where famous militant Sameer Tiger was killed, government forces killed two local militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad in an overnight operation that started Thursday night in Pulwama’s Drabgam village.
Residents of the village told Kashmir Reader that the encounter happened after a second cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched in the village.
“Forces launched the first cordon and search operation at around 7pm (Thursday) which was lifted amid minor clashes within two hours. Later, the forces launched another operation after having earlier left the village. The first gunshot was heard at around 11:30pm and the firing continued for less than half an hour. Later we came to know that two militants had been killed in the village,” a resident said.
The police statement said that the cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and other security forces based on “credible input about presence of militants”.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the hiding militants, resulting in an encounter. In the ensuing encounter two militants belonging to JeM outfit were killed,” the statement said.
Police described the overnight operation as “neat and clean without any collateral damage”.
Villagers from Drabgam said that four militants including Sameer Tiger have been killed in the village since 2018.