Slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killer Naveed Jatt shot dead

Slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killer Naveed Jatt shot dead

Slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari's killer Naveed Jatt shot dead

Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam Tijinder Singh said that the duo were killed after a team of 35 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) of police cordoned off the area on receiving inputs about presence of militants there. The firing was retaliated by the forces, leading to a gun battle, an official said.

"Arresting Jatt alive could have helped in getting further details in the (Bukhari) case, in which investigation is still going on". "He was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of terror crimes, including the killing of noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari, attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities". Jatt, who hailed from Multan in Pakistan, had escaped from police custody in February this year.

Trained at the LeT's Muridke headquarters in Pakistan, Jatt is reported to have entered Kashmir in 2012, through Kupwara sector. Along with his associates, Jatt had crossed over into the Valley in October 2012. He also conspired and executed several bank robberies and attacks in south Kashmir including the attack on the Court Complex Pulwama in March 2014 in which two policemen were killed.

Security personnel in Kashmir.

"This week was great, those involved in the killing of innocent people in Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian belt were neutralized". "People were being inconvenienced".

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Indian occupational forces, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two Kashmiri youth in occupied Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday. A joint operation was launched by the state police and the army after specific intelligence that the terrorists were hiding in a village. A third militant is reported to have escaped.

Police said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter in Budgam.

Internet services in the district were shut down as a precautionary measure.

According to police, Azad Malik and Naveed Jhat were behind the killing of Rising Kashmir editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari in June this year. His name had surfaced as a suspect in the killing of Bukhari on June 14 outside his office in Srinagar. Jatt and another terrorist were killed by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district. Two jawans suffered injuries in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam and Pulwama districts, the police said. Naveed Jatt, he explained, had managed to give the forces the slip in six past encounters.

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