JeM terrorist Qari Yasir among three terrorists killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Three terrorists, including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) self-styled Kashmir chief Qari Yasir, were killed while three soldiers were injured in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Saturday.

The encounter began at Hariparigam of Tral in Pulwama's, 35 kms from here, on Saturday morning after Army's Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) of J&K police launched a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) following "specific inputs" about the presence of terrorists in the area, reports said.

"As the searches were going on in the area, the hiding terrorists opened fire on security forces in which three soldiers were injured who were shifted to hospital immediately. In the retaliatory action, three terrorists were neutralized," a police official said.

One of the slain terrorist was identified as Qari Yasir, a Pakistani national, who police believes was preparing fidayeen (sucide) squad for the Jaish.

Another killed terrorist is Burhan Sheikh, who police believes was being trained to be a fidayeen.

Police said Yasir was behind the killing of two members of the nomadic Gujjar community from a forest area in Pulwama district in August last year.

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