Hizbul Mujahideen received a major jolt as security forces gunned down four activists of the outfit in south Kashmir’s Kulgam belt on Thursday.
Police said that the Hizb militants were killed in a severe gunfight, which erupted when security forces raided a terrorist hideout at Awgam village outside southern Kulgam township on Wednesday evening. “The gunfight ended at 9pm but the cordon and search operation continued all through the night”, Swayam Prakash Pani, SP Kulgam told the Hindustan Times.
He said that four bodies were recovered on Thursday morning when the operation ended. “All the four were local cadres of Hizbul Mujahideen”, he said. Pani said that it was a big setback for the Hizb as all its top commanders in the area have already been eliminated. He identified the slain Hizb militants as Shiraz Ahmad—a recycled militant, Mudassir, Mushtaq and Rayees Ahmad.
“They were all foot-soldiers. We have already wiped out the Hizb’s top command in the area. This is another setback to the out”, he said.
There is no word from Hizbul Mujahideen about the incident.