Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in Kupwara

SRINAGAR: A top militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on Tuesday. Police said Sameer Ahmed Wani, the Divisional Commander of Hizb in north Kashmir, was killed in a gunfight at Nagri Drugmulla, nearly 90 km from Srinagar.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in Kupwara

Army and police launched a joint operation. ANI photo

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Majid Jahangir
Tribune News Service
Srinagar, June 28


A top militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on Tuesday.
Police said Sameer Ahmed Wani, the Divisional Commander of Hizb in north Kashmir, was killed in a gunfight that erupted in the wee hours of Tuesday at Nagri Drugmulla, nearly 90 km from Srinagar, after an input about his presence in the area.

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“As the joint party of Army and police zeroed in on a suspected house in the village, the hiding militant opened fire, which was responded to triggering a gunfight. In the nearly four-hour-long gunfight, the Hizb militant commander was killed,” police sources said.

They said an AK-47 rifle and other ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between police and protesters in the area soon after the killing of the militant.
Police said the militant commander, a resident of Dooru, Sopore, was active from 2014. He was also associated with Lashkar-e-Islam for a brief period.

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