A top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen and two others were killed in overnight gun battles with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Monday.
In the first incident in Jammu's mountainous Doda district, security forces acted on a tip off that there was a top Hizb terrorist hiding in the forests of Sharekhi, 170 km from here, and laid out a cordon for him late Sunday.
In the gun battle that followed, Tariq Usman Sheikh, alias Wafadaar, a resident of Doda who was a district commander of the Hizbul Mujahedeen, was killed. He had been active since 1998 and was involved in a number of killings.
In the second incident in the border district of Rajouri, two terrorists were killed in a gun battle that began past midnight on Sunday in Tramda Nari area.
Additional security forces have been requisitioned in the area where the gun battle continues, a senior official said.