Hizbul Militant Killed In Srinagar Encounter
21 June 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: A self-styled district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag on Wednesday. Farooq Ahmad alias Junaid, active since 1991 and involved in large number of militancy-related incidents, was killed in an encounter with security forces during search operations at Thathoo-Gund in Qazigund area, official sources said. An AK assault rifle, two magazines, 17 rounds and two hand grenades were recovered from the possession of the slain militant, the sources said. He joined militancy in 1991 and undergone training in handling of arms and explosives in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the sources said adding after staying there till 2000, he returned to the valley and took over as district commander of the outfit for south Kashmir. He was one of the most wanted militants in Anantnag district. Confirming the killing of Junaid, a spokesman of Hizbul Mujahideen in a statement to a local news agency alleged that he was arrested and later killed in a fake encounter. The sources said a gunbattle also broke out between militants and security forces at Chapran-Gujjarpati forest in Bandipora area of Baramulla district. The encounter between the two sides was continuing when last reports were received, the sources said adding there was no report of any casualty on the either side so far.