Srinagar, Sep 24 (UNI) In a major strike, security forces gunned down Chief Commander (Operations)and most wanted militant of Al-Barq outfit in north Kashmir during the night-long gun battle, a senior police officer said.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Baramulla Dr B Srinivas said Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a search operation at Hard-Shiva, Sopore, about 55 km from here, last night following a tip-off about the presence of militants.
Dr Srinivas said when the area was being sealed off, militants hiding in the house of one Ghulam Mohammad Rather, opened fire.
The cordon around the particular house was further tightened and 22 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 179 CRPF also joined the operation.
Residents in the nearby houses were rescued to safer places, he said, adding that the militant continued firing from inside the house.
Security forces also retaliated and the fierce encounter continued throughout the night in which one militant was killed.
Dr Srinivas said the slain militant was later identified as Abu Haider Ali, self styled Chief commander (Opr) of Al-barq.
Describing it a big sucess, he said the commander was among the most wanted militants operating in the North Kashmir.
Three AK rifles, one wireless set, 14 magazines, 12 grenades, four UBGLs, eight UBGL Grenades, 1500 rounds of ammunition and three pouches have been recovered from the slain militant.
A report from Baramulla said that security forces used explosive to blast the house from where the militant was firing.
The house was completely damaged in the blast, it said.