SRINAGAR: A member of proscribed terror outfit Mujahideen Gazwatul Hind, who was assigned to carry out a “fidayeen” (suicide) attack in Srinagar, was killed in the city here, while a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) district commander was among the two ultras killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said on Friday.
The terrorist killed in Srinagar was a relative of one of the accused in the February 2019 suicide attack in Pulwama’s Lethpora, in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives, said inspector general, Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar.
Kumar added that this year so far, 133 terrorists, including top commanders, had been killed.
IG Kumar said the Gazwatul Hind terrorist Aamir Riyaz, from Khrew in Pulwama, had planned a suicide attack at the Bemina police station in Srinagar but the alert security forces got information of this and killed him during an encounter.
The encounter in Srinagar broke out on Thursday evening in the Hamdaniya Colony area of Bemina.
An AK rifle, along with some ammunition, was seized from the site of the encounter after the slain terrorist’s body was recovered.
Meanwhile, police said a district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was among the two terrorists killed in Kulgam’s Chawalgam.
IG Kumar said that police, Army’s 9 RR and CRPF cordoned off the suspected spot and offered surrender to the hiding terrorists. “The terrorists refused to surrender and instead fired at the forces. In the ensuing gunfight, one unidentified terrorist was killed,” the officer said.
“With the first light, the operation was resumed by the forces resulting in the killing of the second terrorist, while a search operation is on in the area,” he said.
Kumar said that they have identified slain HM terrorists as district commander of Hizb Shiraz Ahmad alias Shiraz Molvi and Yawar Ahmad Bhat.
The IG said that according to police records, both the slain terrorists were part of groups involved in several terror attacks.
“Shiraz Molvi was an A++ categorized terrorist and was active since year 2016 figuring among the list of most wanted terrorists,” he said, adding that “he was also involved in recruiting innocent youth into terror ranks and in spreading a reign of terror by killing civilians as well as political workers in Devsar and Brazloo areas of Kulgam. There are 15 FIRs registered against him.”




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