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Hizb commander among 8 militants killed in Kashmir

Hizb commander among 8 militants killed in Kashmir

Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: www.expressindia.com
Date: December 1, 2001
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=5074

Srinagar, November 30: Eight militants, including a self-styled area commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, were killed in separate encounters with security forces in Kashmir Valley, where a militant surrendered and 20 kg of RDX were seized, official sources said on Friday.

Acting on a tip-off, security forces reached Vilgam forest in Kupwara district in north Kashmir early Friday, where hiding militants resorted to firing and in the ensuing gunbattle three unidentified militants were killed, they said.

A self-styled area commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Yasin Ahmad Lone alias Khalid Saifullah was killed along with an associate in an encounter with security forces in Ganderbal area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening, the sources said adding two hideouts were also busted during the operation which led to the recovery of a pistol, a grenade and some ammunition.

Four others, two each at Nasbal-Sumbal in Baramulla and Shanipora-Khansahib in Badgam were killed by army search parties on Thursday night, they said adding three AK rifles, one under-barrel grenade launcher, six grenades and some ammunition were recovered from them.

Army raided the house of a militant in Handwara area of Kupwara during a search operation on Thursday, where 20 kg of RDX and a grenade were recovered, the sources said. Besides, a militant Javid Ahmad Bhat surrendered before army along with an AK assault rifle and some ammunition at Haripora-Handwara on Thursday, the sources added.

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