The J&K Police on Tuesday briefed the media about the operation in which the Indian Army killed two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists in an encounter at Marhama village of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag.

The terrorists have been identified as Sajjad Bhat and Tauseef and they were linked to the 14 February Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 44 CRPF jawans.

“On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by the security forces at Marhama in Bijbehara area of District Anantnag. As the search op was going on, hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated.

“One Army jawan Anil Jaswal sustained gunshot injuries and attained martyrdom at hospital. Two terrorists were killed; their bodies were retrieved. Terrorists have been identified as Sajjad Ahmad Bhat and Tauseef Ahmad Bhat of Jaish-e-Mohammed,” said the J&K Police.

“Sajjad was wanted in Lethpora blast in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred earlier this year. As per the material evidence collected during the course of investigation, it was learnt that the vehicle used for carrying out the blast in Lethpora was owned by Sajjad,” added the J&K Police.

J&K DGP Dilbag Singh, while sharing information about the encounter said, “We neutralised 2 militants. They’ve been identified as Sajjad Ahmad Bhat and Tauseef Ahmad Bhat. Both are residents of Marhama and have links with Jaish-e-Mohammed. Sajjad was involved in turning his car into an IED in the 14 February blast.”