Srinagar, August 8: Security forces apprehended a terrorist in Awantipora yesterday in a joint operation. The terrorist was identified as Abdul Majid Shah. The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition and incrimination material from him. The Jammu and Kashmir police registered a case under Arms Act at Awantipora police station. The police have started investigating the case. According to reports, during interrogation, Shah revealed that he was planning a terror attack in the area.
In a similar incident, on August 6, a terrorist was arrested, and eight grenades were recovered from him in Jammu. The Jammu police has foiled a major terror plot to carry out blast in the winter capital just days before Independence Day. On July 6, the Indian Army also unearthed an arms dump in a forest area in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 11 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Besides IEDs, some Pakistani currency, two AK assault rifles, three pistols, three rounds of rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and four Chinese hand grenades were also seized.
Earlier today, an encounter broke out in between security forces and terrorists at Rafiabad in Baramulla district. No causalities have been reported so far. Yesterday, four army personnel including a major-rank officer lost their lives, while four terrorists were also gunned down in an encounter in Gurez sector. In 2018, more than 130 terrorists were killed by security forces in the Kashmir valley, whereas close to 60 security personnel lost their lives while combatting terrorism.