Encounter at Pinglan area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The main target of the encounter was Abdul Rashid Ghazi (Kamran), a terrorist who is mastermind behind Feb 14th Pulwama attacks. Investigators believe Ghazi was a bomb maker. The Pulwama bomb maker was neutralised during the operations.
The identifications of two other terrorists killed was still underway, also the search and sanitary operations are continuing.
Weapons and several rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Affairs have called back their commissioner form India for “consultations,” tweeted the Pakistan foreign office.
We have called back our HIgh Commissioner in India for consultations.
He left New Delhi this morning .
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) February 18, 2019
Four soldiers of the Indian army were martyred in an overnight encounter with Jaish-e-Mohammad.
A search operation was launched after the army received a tip off that JeM terrorists were hiding in Pinglan area. Two or three terrorists are still at large, four soldiers and a civilian were killed in the encounter.
The operations by our forces are still ongoing.
The army personnel belonged to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles, among the four martyred soldiers was an army major.
The encounter follows after the deadly cowardly Pulwama attacks that killed 40 CRFP soldiers. Since the attack on the army convoy, security was enhanced in the valley. The army also have made a few changes in the standard operating procedures to secure convoys.
The Director of the CRPF General RR Bhatnagar said, “We have decided to add new features to our convoy movement to and from Kashmir. Apart from traffic control, there will be changes in the timings of convoy, their halt locations and movement in coordination with other security forces like the Army and the J-K police.”
(Article shall be updated once more information is available)