May 2007 News

HM Commander Among 3 Killed

12 May 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Two militants including a self styled battalion commander of pro- Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were among three persons killed in Kashmir valley, where police arrested two persons for allegedly extorting money from people, police said. In a related incident, a major tragedy was averted as people engaged in cutting crops found a mortar shell in an open field at Telgam Payeen in Kupwara today. The shell was later safely destroyed by bomb disposal squad of local police, a police spokesman said. He said the Battalion Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Ishtiaq Ahmad Peer and his associate were killed in an encounter with troops of 52 Rashtriya Rifles and Police at Tarzoo-Sopore, 55 kms from here in Baramulla district today. Militants shot dead Mohammad Ashraf Ganai (24) at Gundpora in Pulwama district last evening. Ganai, a conductor by profession and a resident of Alochibagh-Samboora, had come as a guest to the residence of Razak Mir where militants pumped bullets in his body, the spokesman said. He said police has registered a case and launched a hunt to nab the killers of Ganai. Two persons intruded into the house of one Abdul Khaliq Malik at Safnagri in Shopian district last night and demanded money from the house owner, the spokesman said. The inmates raised hue and cry upon which both the persons fled away. However, police swung into action and arrested both of them, the spokesman said. He said they are being dealt with under law. In another incident, based on the information of a unit source, an area domination patrol was launched in general area Buhinar of Kupwara district. The patrol observed some gunny bags hidden in broken ground near a Nala junction. The search of the gunny bags led to a recovery of large quantity of warlike stores. The stores include one Pika gun, five AK-47 rifles, two mouser pistols, three under barrel grenade launchers, four radio sets of various typres, 1415 rounds of AK ammunition, 141 rounds of Pika belted ammunition, three pistol magazines and other administrative stores.


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