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J&K: Jaish commander killed in Sopore encounter, FIR against locals for participating in funeral

A Jaish-e-Mohammed commander was killed on Wednesday in an encounter between militants and security forces in North Kashmir’s Sopore town, The Indian Express reported.

A cordon-and-search operation was launched by the joint forces in Arampora area of Sopore on Tuesday night after they received information regarding the presence of militants in the locality. Police said on Wednesday morning that they established contact with “two to four militants” present inside the house. In the ongoing operation, a militant identified as Sajjad Nawab Dar, was killed.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police confirmed the recovery of his body. “The killed terrorist threatened and intimidated peace loving citizens of Sopore and its peripheral areas,” the police tweeted. “He explored the opportunities to assault security forces and VIP rallies through his OGWs [over-ground-workers]. He motivated local youth for execution of grenade attacks against monetary benefits.”

The police added that Dar used modern “approaches of communication” with other recruits of the outfit. “He was well versed in handling different weapons like AK series rifles, pistol and hand grenade etc,” they said in a tweet. “He was involved in number of terror acts.”