Four militants killed in J&K
21 March 2006
Srinagar: A top commander was among four militants killed by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, official sources said. They said security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police launched an operation at Bandipora in north Kashmir early on Tuesday. When the troops were about to storm a house, they came under heavy fire from militants. The security forces retaliated and in the clash a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) commander, Ashfaq Ahmad alias Gujjar, was killed. Ashfaq, a listed militant active in the north Kashmir for the past seven years, was wanted in a number of killings and other militancy-related incidents. One pistol, two hand- grenades, one magazine and eight rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. However, a police press release issued on Tuesday evening said he was a Jaish-e-Mohammad commander.