HuM militant killed, another arrested with live grenade

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Srinagar, Oct 7 (UNI) A self-styled batallion commander of Harkat-ul - Mujahideen (HuM) was killed while a militant was arrested along with a live hand grenade in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said.

Security forces and Special Operation Group (SOG) of the state police launched a joint operation at Seer Jagir, Sopore, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir last evening following a tip off about the presence of militants in a house, they said.

As the security forces were about to storm the house, they came under heavy fire from militants inside, ensuing a fierce encounter.

Sources said a HuM commander Wahab alias Ali Khubaeb was killed.

One AK rifle and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militant, who was involved in a number of militancy related incidents.

Security forces also arrested a militant in possession with a live grenade, one AK magzine and some rounds at Baramulla.

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