Amidst tensions after an air encounter between a Syrian Su-22 fighter and two US Navy Super Hornets, The Russian warships fired six missiles, six Kalibr cruise missiles on a lleged ISIS command points on June 23, 2017, according to reports by CNN. The attack by the submarine took place from the Mediterranean. The Turkish and Isralei military were informed of the attack prior.
In the attacks, the ISIS command points and ammunition were destroyed. This happened in the Aqirbat and Hama province of Syria. The ones who survived the attacks were later killed in airstrikes.
According to the Business Standard, the Russian warships were two Navy Navy frigates and a submarine. According to Russia Today or RT, the movements of the militants were monitored by the Russian surveillance and they added that any target could be subject to strikes by the Russian Air Force.
“As a result of the surprise mass missile strike, command points were destroyed and also large stores of weapons and ammunition of the ISIS terrorists in the area of Aqirbat in the Hama province,” the russian Defence Ministry said after the attacks in the report by Russia Today.
Three local militants from the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba were shot down by Indian security forces during the early hours of June 22, 2017. The encounter between militants and Indian armed forces began in the Kakapora area, Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The Commanding Officer of the 182 battalion said, “Three LeT terrorists were killed, and the operation ended early morning. Two AK-47s and one pistol have been recovered”. The three militants were identified as Majid, Irshad Ahmad and Shariq Ahmad.
The cordon-and-search operation began on the evening of June 21, 2017, following an intelligence input that three local boys, who had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, were hiding in a densely-populated area. This encounter was a joint operation between the Special Operation Group (SOG) and 183 CRPF battalion, along with 50 rashtriya rifles. The number of militants holed up in the area was not immediately clear. A police official told PTI that a mob pelted stones at security forces to distract them from the operation.
“This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong network of over ground workers”, a police officer told PTI. He also added that Majid was involved in a number of killings, including that of Kakapora’s sarpanch and Pulwama’s district president.
Sources: The Hindu, ANI
Two militants and a policeman were killed in south Kashmir’s Tral on Sunday admist the heavy firing that started Saturday evening and proceeded overnight. Four army personnel has also been injured in the encounter.
As reported by Hindustan times, one of the militant killed in the encounter was a Pakistani and the other was local. “The local militant was Aqib Maulvi, a nearby top leader,” Chief general of the state police SP Vaid said.
The killed cop has been recognized as Manzoor Ahmed Naik. He was a local of Salamabad zone of Uri. Vaid, while expressing his grief said that Manzoor Ahmed was a remarkable Jawan of the SOG (uncommon operations aggregate) and the J-K police. Police has also stated that they are dubious of the involvement of commander of Hizb ul Mujahideen Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The security work force of the cordon and pursuit party went under shooting from the house where the militants were caught.
As soon as the news of clash broke out unrest prevailed in the valley. Stone pelting dissents had started in the territory to chase away the security from the site. On Saturday night, a joint search party of police and army had started asearch operation in Hafoo area of slain militant Burhan Wani’s hometown, Tral, in Pulwama district on specific inputs of presence of militants in the area.
News Source: Hindustan Times, Economic Times
Image Source: Hindustan Times
The Jammu & Kashmir’s Special Operation Group (SOG) alongside with the Indian army called off an overnight operation against the militants in Chilli Pora village of Shopian district on March 4. No casualties were reported after the encounter was over.
The operation was started in the evening on March 3 after the officials received an information that two to three militants had been hiding in the village. The militants were ambushed by the SOG forces and security forces from 55 Rashtriya Rifles. The operation resulted in the crossfire when the militants fired at the force.
On March 4, around 9 AM the faces entered the house and did not find anyone. After searching for an hour more, the operation was called off. The Deccan Chronicle reported that the forces entered the area once they stopped receiving the response to the firing by the security forces. A police official said, “Apparently, the militants escaped during the night time.”
The Jammu & Kashmir police also launched a parallel operation to evacuate the civilians in the area. The locals reported that the forces used drone cameras to locate the position of the militants in the village and the flood lights were installed to keep a check on the militant’s activities.
- DECCAN CHRONICLE- http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/040317/encounter-in-kashmirs-shopian-ends-terrorists-escape.html
2. INDIAN EXPRESS- http://indianexpress.com/article/india/kashmir-army-jk-police-launch-joint-operation-against-militants-in-chilli-pora-shopian-4553612/
IMAGE SOURCE- ANI
The government was in the talks with the oil rebels, whose attacks have hit production, said President Muhammadu Buhari; as the head of the state run firm disclosed the damage incurred by the sector.
He said on Thursday that his administration is talking to the militants through law-enforcement agencies and oil companies to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as oil majors Shell, Chevron and Eni have been under attack since February by Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) group.
They have revived the grievances of the widespread poverty in the southern swamps and creeks and kidnappings in the area since the 2000’s; reported The Indian Express.
The developments by Friday evening were that the group refused to get into talks with the Government. They have cut the output and keep hammering the revenue.
The rebels have previously denied the claims they are involved in back-channel discussions and accused the government of not being sincere.
They said that the President knows their demands and if they want peace talks they can accept the demands.
Source : The Indian Express
Srinagar: On Saturday, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Ishfaq Ahmad, a resident of Chechiloora district of Peth Makhama village was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police officials near the Budgam district of central Kashmir.
The sources said that a large number of ammunition have been recovered from the area, including an AK assault rifle. The police said that, on Thursday night, they were informed about the presence of some Hizbul Mujahideen militants by their sources. Assisted by the Rashtriya Rifles, the police officials had covered the whole region of the village Budgam.
However, after arresting one militant, the operation search was suspended late last night but a tight cordon was maintained around the areas of the Budgam village to prevent the other suspected militants from escaping. According to the sources, the police officials have resumed the search operation again this morning and they will keep it underway till the time they receive the last report about the confirmation of the presence of no other militants.
SRINAGAR: On Saturday, three militant commander belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed during a sudden cross-border gun-firing in the area of Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The gunfight broke out Friday night in village Dardpora-Lolpora of frontier Kupwara district, about 110 km northwest of Srinagar city. According to the reports, there were two-three militants who were hiding in that area. The police officials has said that one militant was killed in the initial exchange of the firing on Friday night, and two others were killed later in the Saturday evening during the ongoing search operation.
The police officials has recovered guns and other arms and ammunitions from that area. Officials informed the press that, the search operation is still going on and is expecting to recover more arms and other details about the militants.
A similar gunfight which has been named as the guerrilla war is still now going on between militants and Indian troops based in Indian-controlled Kashmir ever since 1989. Gunfights between the two borders take place from time to time across the Jammu and Kashmir region. Ever since independence the two countries are fighting every fortnight for the regions of Kashmir.
Sources: Outlook India , TimesofIndia