News Terrorists killed in Kashmir’s Draggad were planning attacks this summer: Sources

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

The seven terrorist who were killed in Draggad in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces yesterday were meeting to decide on coordinate amongst themselves and decide on attacks to be carried out this summer.

Of the seven terrorist killed, one belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba and rest belonged to the Hizbul Mijahideen, sources told India Today. As many as 13 terrorists were killed in simultaneous joint operations by the Indian Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police yesterday. Disturbingly, all of them were local boys, and most of them were recruited in last year and a half.

“In the last many years, rarely if ever, have so many terrorist gathered to attend a meeting to coordinate and decide on terror attacks. Large gathering of terrorist was common in the late 90s and earlier 2000s. But, as forces gained the upper-hand in the valley, terrorist stopped gathering in large numbers,” sources said.

Technical intelligence first alerted the security forces about the meeting at Draggad.

“The technical input was almost immediately corroborated by human intelligence gathered by both the Intelligence Bureau and sources of the Indian Army. We then decided to move in,” sources said.

As forces moved in, two terrorists tried to run away and were eliminated, the rest five terrorists broke-up into separate groups and tried to hide in nearby houses,” sources said.

But when forces closed in at Kachdoora, they didn’t know that as many as five terrorists were trapped.

“Initial intelligence suggested there were only two terrorists,” sources said.

Two soldiers were killed in the initial encounter.

As the encounter was going on technical intelligence, locals confirmed that as many as five terrorists were holed-up, sources told India Today.