Top Hizb commander among 4 killed, hideouts destroyed in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 17 (UNI) Four militants, including a divisional commander of the pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen, were killed while security forces destroyed two hideouts in the Kashmir valley overnight, an official spokesman said today.

Security forces killed a self-styled divisional commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Chacha alias Sajad, a Pakistani national, during an encounter at Shoka Baba woods in north Kashmir's Bandipora district yesterday, he added.

One AK rifle, one magazine and 25 rounds were seized from the possession of the slain militant.

Security forces also gunned down a militant during an encounter at Gund Macher near Sogam in Kupwara district. One AK 56 rifle, four AK magazines, two hand grenades and one pouch were seized from the possession of the slain militant.

A gunfight erupted between militants and security forces at Sona Pind in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara during which two ultras were killed. Two AK rifles, six magazines, 170 rounds and eight hand grenades were seized from the possession of slain militants, the spokesman said.

Militants lobbed a hand grenade towards a camp of CRPF's 112 battalion at Ishber Nishat. The grenade missed the intended target and exploded in the nearby compound of Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani, causing injuries to him.

Militants shot at and critically wounded Zubair Ahmad Malik at Mumkak Batapora in the apple-rich Sopore town of Baramulla district last evening. The injured was shifted to a hospital.

Security forces destroyed two militant hideouts at Pranhal in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, he added. However, the militants there managed to escape, the spokesman said.


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