February 2006 News

Two Top Hizbul Chiefs Shot

28 February 2006
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Two top commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen were among three militants killed in separate encounters with the security forces in the Valley today. The troops also recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from the slain militants.Giving details, Border Security Force spokesman said that its troops achieved a major success during an operation in South Kashmir's Pulwama district and killed two militants of Hizbul Mujahideen. 'The troops were searching for militants in Drabgam and Rajpora when they came under fire. In the encounter that ensued, two Hizb militants were killed,' he said. The spokesman identified the two slain militants as Ghulam Mohammad Malla, alias Aiyaz of Theran, district commander and Javid Ali Lone of Dangan Shopian, while the third militant is yet to be identified. Four BSF men were also injured in the shootout. The troops recovered an AK rifle, pistol, radio set, Nokia mobiles and arms and ammunition from the possession of the slain militants. Two civilians who got injured when a grenade exploded were later shifted to a hospital. In another operation launched by the BSF and SOG, Baramulla, the troops killed an active Hizbul militant, Ashiq Peer, alias Nasir, from Rafiabad after an encounter at Hadipora. A pistol, mobile phone and some arms and ammunition were also seized from the slain militant. The Police said Peer was presently operating as District Commander, Hizbul Mujahideen, and was responsible for a series of killings in Baramulla town. However, his relatives alleged that he was arrested by the SOG and killed in custody. The relatives also held a demonstration at Chakla against his killing. Today unidentified persons shot dead a medical employee at Sopore town. The slain man was identified as Ghulam Mohi ud din. The police are yet to ascertain the cause behind the killing. Militants this afternoon tossed a grenade on troops near the Traal bus stand but the grenade exploded on the roadside and no one was injured.


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