Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Indian Army soldiers, Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in encounter in Kashmir

Indian Army soldiers, Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in encounter in Kashmir

Indian Army, along with Jammu and Kashmir Police, gunned down the self-styled Hizbul Mujahideen commander Yasin Itoo, alias "Ghaznavi", along with his two accomplices in Shopian on Sunday. With this a total of 20 militants, including five infiltrators, were killed this month in different encounters with security forces in the valley.

Meanwhile in a separate gunfight in Hajin village of Bandipora, north of Srinagar, two policemen were wounded after militants fire upon them during a search operation, a police spokesman said.

The gunfight also left two soldiers dead while unknown number of militants reportedly escaped from the spot.

Cordon and search operation has been launched by the police and other forces to nab the terrorists.

Itoo was one of the longest surviving militants and was considered as the Hizb's top commander in south Kashmir, police sources said.

Over a dozen youth were injured in clashes with security forces as they pelted stones during the operation in Awneera village.

In June this year, the Hizbul militant had released a video threatening of attacks against security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Police official confirmed the killing and said he was critically injured.

Residents said forces blasted four houses in an attempt to kill the militants who are "shifting their location".

Reportedly, seven civilians had sustained pellet injuries during the clashes.

The injured was taken to an Army hospital in Drugmulla where doctors stated his condition to be stable. The slain Armymen have been identified as Tamil Nadu's Ilayaraja P, and Gawai Sumedh Waman from Maharashtra.

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