Top Hizbul militant killed in Kashmir
9 December 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: A 'divisional commander' of the pro-Pakistan militant outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen (HM) was killed by the security forces in the mountainous area of Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday.Basant Kumar Rath, the superintendent of police (SP) at Ramban, said the security forces comprising troops of 61 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the state police had encircled a house in Lancha village, about 180 km north of here, following a tip-off.After about an hour-long operation the militant, identified as Hekmatyar alias Shrief, was killed. 'It was a clean operation in which there was no collateral damage and we managed to kill one of the top militants of the area,' Rath said. The killed militant was from nearby Mahore area and was wanted in 'a number of militancy-related cases'.The security forces had killed the top man of HM, Billoo Gujjar, Sep 5 and two more commanders of the organisation in neighbouring Doda district Oct 24. Javed Burky, the top man of HM in Doda district, was killed Oct 30.