Top Hizbul Mujahedeen commander shot dead
30 October 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu : In a major setback to the pro-Pakistan militant outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen, Indian security forces killed one of its top commanders in a mountainous part of Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir Monday afternoon.The troops threw a cordon around Panchraba area, about 190 km northeast of Jammu, following a tip-off regarding the presence of the militant and killed him after a brief shootout, Doda Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manohar Singh said.The militant was identified as Noor Mohammad alias Javed Burky, the 'divisional commander' of Hizbul Mujahedeen. 'Burky had been active in the area since 1992 and was involved in various acts of militancy,' Singh said. Police officials described his killing as 'a major setback to the outfit and great success for security forces'.Burky used to frequently visit Pakistani Kashmir between 1990 and 1997 and was considered a 'right-hand man of Sayed Salauddin, the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahedeen'. He also served as a bodyguard to Salauddin before returning to Doda in 2004 after Shauqat Ali, a 'divisional commander' of the outfit, was killed.Considered an expert on improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Burky had also developed a strong network of 'overground workers' (OGWs).Burky was visiting his in-laws' village in Panchraba where he had gone to meet his wife and celebrate his son's first birthday, according to reports.The security forces have eliminated over a dozen 'commanders' of Hizbul Mujahedeen in the past three months.