Top Hizbul commander among two militants killed in J&K gunfight

A top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit was among the two militants killed in a gunfight with security forces in outskirts of Sopore town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday, police said.

Two Hizbul terrorists including its north Kashmir ‘Divisional Commander’ were killed in a gunfight with police and security forces in Sopore, a police statement said.

It said that acting on specific information, a joint team of police, the Rashtriya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force launched a cordon and search operation in Check-e-Brath area of Sopore but came under fire from hiding terrorists, leading to the gunfight.

The two terrorists killed in the gunfight were later identified as ‘Divisional Commander’ Pervaiz Ahmad Wani, resident of Galoora Handwara, and Naeem Ahmad Najar, a resident of Shelpora Brad, Sopore.

“Two AK rifles, three AK magazines, 90 AK rounds, an INSAS rifle, an INSAS magazine, 13 INSAS rounds and other ammunition was recovered from site,” the statement said.

According to police, the terrorists were involved in “many anti-national and anti-social activities”. Pervaiz Ahmad was involved in the serial blast on mobile towers in 2015 as well as the killing of two police personnel in Handwara market in 2013 and the attack on Police Post Langate last year.

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