Hizbul Commander Killed In J&K, Cops Say Doda District Free Of Militants

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Security forces killed three militants, including a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, in an encounter in Anantnag district this morning.

Apart from Hizbul Mujahideen commander Masood Ahmed Bhat, two militants were also eliminated in the operation in the Khulchohar area of the south Kashmir district. Police officials say that with Masood’s death, the entire Doda district in Jammu region has become totally free of militants as he was one of the last surviving militants there.

The operation was jointly launched by the Army, J&K police and CRPF. After killing three militants, the army said one AK rifle and two pistols were recovered from the encounter site.

“With today’s operation at Khull Chohar Anantnag by Anantnag Police along with Local RR unit in which two LET militants including one district commander and one Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Masood are neutralised. Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free one again as Masood was last surviving militant of Doda District,” J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh told NDTV.

Jammu and Kashmir police had on Saturday said that 29 foreign militants are active in south Kashmir.

“There is a presence of foreign militants in the upper reaches of Kokernag, Tral and Khrew. There are about 29 foreign militants active in South Kashmir and we will neutralise them when they come down and our sources inform us (about them),” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar,  was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

The police officer also added that the security forces have achieved huge success by “wiping out” Hizbul Mujahideen from the Tral area of Pulwama district and the aim is to wipe out militancy from the south Kashmir.

More than a hundred militants have been killed this year, according to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai. The minister, who made the claim during a virtual rally in Bihar’s Madhubani district, also claimed that the Tral area is now a ”militant free zone” in Kashmir.

“These are big achievements for security forces,” Mr Rai said.

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