A joint news briefing by security forces was conducted on Sunday following what is being described as one of the biggest ever crackdowns on terror in the Valley.
"Today, is a very special day for counter-terror operations in the valley for all forces", Lieutenant General AK Bhatt, GOC 15 Corps said.
In night-long operations, eight terrorists were neutralised, the Nation was informed. Two operations have concluded while the third is still ongoing at Kachidora, Shopian.
Furthermore, two of the terrorists who have been killed were involved in the killing of braveheart Lt. Ummer Fayaz in May. The successes came at a cost, however, as two Army Jawans were martyred in the operations.
"My appeal to the young people in Kashmir would be to not get carried away by Pakistan and its proxies and be led into the path of violence", Lt Gen Bhatt said before handing the briefing to the DGP SP Vaid of the J&K Police.
"I want to make a special mention of the encounter in Anantnag where our SSP made a special effort. He called the family members of the terrorists. (The family) had a talk for 30 minutes with him to surrender, leave the weapon and come. Unfortunately, he didn't heed the words of his family and fired his weapon. The police and forces had no option but to retaliate and he was killed. The other one we caught alive without harming him. I don't think at any part of the world the Police, Army and CRPF would do operations in the human manner in which it was done here."
"We unfortunately had two Army Jawans martyrs in the Kachidora operations. We had injuries to police, Army and CRPF Jawans. Unfortunately, there was one civil casualty in Dargarh -- the house owner where 7 terrorists were killed. All 7 terrorists killed in Shopian's Dragad have been identified as locals and their bodies have been claimed by their kin."
DGP Vaid also gave an update on injured civilians at Dragad. The number of terrorists neutralised in the ongoing operation at Kachidora hasn't yet been confirmed. "Information was 4-5 terrorists", DGP Vaid said when asked.
UPDATE at 5:48 pm: The security forces have confirmed that a third Army jawan has succumbed to his injuries following the encounters. Three terrorists have been neutralised in the Kachidora encounter taking the total number to 11. Pakistan has also reacted to the crackdown.