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Jaish terrorist plotting assassination of 5 Kashmiris killed in encounter

Jaish terrorist Adil Gulzar was said to be targeting an SSP, a doctor with a paramilitary force, a journalist, a professor and a BJP spokesperson.

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New Delhi: Security forces Monday shot dead Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Adil Gulzar, who was allegedly plotting the assassination of five Kashmiris — two security forces officers, a journalist, a professor and a BJP spokesperson.

Gulzar was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Security sources said the encounter took place while troops from the 181 and 29 Battalion of the CRPF, Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police along with the Army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles were conducting a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Brahmpora village.

“We had been tracking Gulzar from the moment we received the intelligence input that he was leading an assassination plot. We finally managed to locate him and a CASO was launched. The terrorist opened fire, which led to the encounter,” a source in the security establishment told ThePrint.

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On 4 January, The Print had reported about the alleged terror plot.

Intel inputs had said Gulzar organised a meeting in Pakharpur in Budgam district of Kashmir in December along with an unidentified foreign terrorist. Their targets were the five Kashmiris. ThePrint had omitted the names of these individuals, so as to not add to the security risk.

Gulzar, who belonged to Budgam, had recently joined the Pakistan-based JeM after stints with two other terror organisations.

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