Another Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist Eliminated in Ongoing Counterterrorism Operation in Rajouri

Security forces successfully neutralized another Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist on Thursday as part of the ongoing counterterrorism operation in Rajouri, officials reported. The encounter site yielded the recovery of weapons and ammunition.

Details are still emerging, and security officials are expected to provide additional information in due course. Earlier today, one terrorist was killed in the ongoing encounter involving terrorists and the joint forces of the Army and J-K Police in the Bajimaal area of Dharmsal, Rajouri district.

Tragically, the operation has seen the loss of four Army personnel, including two officers, with two others sustaining injuries since the gunfight commenced on Wednesday morning. The identified terrorist, Quari, was a Pakistani national and a seasoned extremist with training on both the Pakistani and Afghan fronts, according to the PRO Defence Jammu.

Described as a high-ranking leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Quari had been active in the Rajouri-Poonch region for the past year. He was believed to be the mastermind behind the Dangri and Kandi attacks. Sent to revive terrorism in the area, Quari possessed expertise in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), operating and hiding in caves, and was a trained sniper, as revealed by PRO Defence Jammu.

The four army officials, including two officers and two jawans, lost their lives in the line of duty. Special Forces, along with other troops, were deployed in the area based on intelligence about the movement of a group of terrorists. The 16 Corps Commander and Rashtriya Rifles’ Romeo Force commander are closely monitoring the operations.

The joint operations, initiated in the Kalakote Area, Gulabgarh Forest, and Rajouri District, commenced on November 22, leading to contact with the terrorists and an intense firefight. While the terrorists have been injured and surrounded, operations are ongoing, with the Indian Army demonstrating valor and sacrifice to prevent collateral damage to women and children, adhering to the highest traditions of the Indian Army, stated the Indian Army’s White Knight Corps.

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