In a late-night engagement in Jammu and Kashmir, two Pakistani terrorists linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba organisation were shot dead. The Amarnath yatra, which begins on June 30, was their intended target, according to authorities. The clash, which happened in Srinagar’s Bemina neighbourhood, came amid a wave of attacks on civilians in the Valley. During the security operation, a cop sustained minor injuries.
Three terrorists – two from Pakistan and one from the United States – planned an attack on the Yatra, according to officials.
“Pakistan-based handlers had despatched two Pakistani terrorists of the LeT terror group, along with one local terrorist Adil Hussain Mir of Pahalgam Anantnag, who had been in Pakistan till 2018 (now all three murdered),” the Kashmir Zone Police stated in a tweet. In 2018, the local crossed into Pakistan from Wagah.
Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar was quoted in Twitter as claiming that one of the three men was from Pakistan’s Faisalabad, calling the operation a “great success.” Following the incident, documents and firearms were retrieved. The two Pakistani terrorists had eluded capture after an ambush in Sopore, and their whereabouts had been tracked since then.
Police said they found two AK-47 weapons, ten magazines, live rounds, a Y-SMS device, and “other incriminating material.”
At a high-level meeting at Raj Bhawan last week, lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha reviewed the preparations for the next annual Amarnath Yatra. On June 30, a 43-day trip to the south Kashmir Himalayas will begin.
Amit Shah, the union home minister, convened a high-level meeting earlier this month to discuss preparations for the Amarnath Yatra.