Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 17 February 2019
Pulwama suicide attack mastermind Abdul Rasheed Ghazi is killed in encounter with Indian security forces. An Indian Army officer and 3 jawans killed in the encounter. According to sources 5-6 terrorists including Ghazi, Mohd Umar and Mohd Ismail (all Foreign Terrorists) were trapped in encounter site in Pinglan, Pulwama. Heavy firefight between terrorists and security forces is still going on. However, there is no official confirmation of Ghazi being killed at the moment. “Two terrorists killed. One officer and three jawans martyred. Operations in progress”, said an Indian Army officer. Troops have recovered 01 AK-47 & 01 pistol from the encounter site. A joint team of 55 RR, CRPF and SOG engaged the terrorists following intelligence inputs.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.