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Kashmir: 1 A+ terrorist down, 20 to go

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    On Sunday, the security agencies killed two terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in an encounter in Kashmir. Among them was Shakoor Ahmed Dar of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

    Shakoor Ahmed Dar

    Dan's name was part of the hit-list comprising 21 terrorists that the Army had prepared last week. Dar was the outfit's commander in Kulgam. He was a Category A+ terrorist.

    On Sunday, two terrorists were killed while one surrendered following an encounter at Kulgam.

    The police said that a tip-off had been received about the presence of some militants in the Chedar Ban area of Qaimoh in Kulgam district, after which a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Army and the CRPF, cordoned off the suspect house this afternoon.

    "As the joint patrol approached towards the suspect house, a group of terrorists hiding inside fired indiscriminately on the security forces, to which forces retaliated cautiously leading to an encounter in the area," the police said in a statement, adding that two terrorists hiding inside the house were successfully eliminated by the security forces.

    Dar, a resident of Sopat Tengpora of Kulgam, was operating as the divisional commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT and several terror-related cases were registered against him in different police stations of south Kashmir. He was involved in a number of other civilian atrocities and attack on security establishments in the area, police said.

    The hit-list:

    Hizbul Mujahideen:

    • Mohd Ashraf Khan alias Ashraf Moulvi: A resident of Kokernag, Anantnag, Ashraf is an A+ category militant.
    • Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Altaf Kachroo: Altaf, an A++ category militant, is a resident of Haoora, Kulgam.
    • Mohd Abbas Sheikh: Category A++, he is a resident of Kulgam.
    • Umar Majeed Ganai: A resident of Such, Kulgam, Ganai he is listed as an A++ terrorist.
    • Saifullah Mir: Mir is the district commander of the outfit in Pulwama.
    • Zeenat - ul - Islam: A resident of Sugan, Shopian, he is an A++ category terrorist.
    • Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo: A resident of Tokun, Awantipur, Naikoo is the chief commander of the outfit.
    • Latif Ahmad Dar or Haroon: A resident of Dogirpur, Awantipur, he is an A category terrorist.
    • Umar Fayaz Lone: A resident of Tral, Awantipur, Lone is an A category terrorist.
    • Manan Wani: He is said to be an AMU research scholar. A resident of Kupwara, he is B category terrorist.
    • Junaid Ashraf Sehrai: The son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Ashraf Sehrai, he is a category B terrorist.

    Lashkar-e-Tayiba:

    • Abu Muslim: He is a resident of Pakistan who operates in Hajan.
    • Abu Zargam alias Mohd Bhai: A resident of Pakistan he is a Category A+ terrorist.
    • Azad Ahmad Malik alias Dada: He is a resident of Malikpura, Bijbiara, Anantag and is an A category terrorist.
    • Mohd Naveed Jad: A resident of Pakistan, he operates in Pulwama.
    • Riyaz Ahmad Dar: A resident of Sethargun, Pulwama, Dar is an A category terrorist.
    • Mustaq Ahmad Mir: A resident of Chak Cholan, Shopian, Mir is a category A++ terrorist active since 2014.

    Jaish-e-Mohammad:

    • Zahid Ahmad Wani: He is a resident of Karimabad, Pulwama
    • Mudasir Ahmad Khan: He is a resident of Midur
    • Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind
    • Zakir Rashid Bhat: Zakir Musa is an A++ militant who joined in July 2013. He had quit the Hizbul Mujahideen to form the Ansar.

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