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Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed

In yet another success, security forces eliminated a dreaded area commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), reports Zorawar Singh Jamwal.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 18:32 IST
Zorawar Singh Jamwal
Zorawar Singh Jamwal

In yet another success, security forces on early Wednesday morning eliminated a dreaded area commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist involved in various innocent killings including attack on Police Post Ind in February 2003 in which 13 police personnel were killed.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Ramban Basant Rath said that “the slain terrorist has been identified as one Basharat with code name Saifullah and recovery of one INSAS rifle, two magazines and equal number of hand grenades was made from his possession at the site of encounter in Sumbhar belt falling under the jurisdiction of police station Ramban.”

On specific information, a joint team of police and 4th Bn of BSF laid a cordon in Sumbhar area and started search operation. During search, the security personnel established a contact with hiding terrorist and asked him to surrender that responded with indiscriminate firing. During an hour long encounter, security forces eliminated the terrorist.

“Active since past six years, Saifullah remained as operator of Amanullah Peer-Divisional Commander of HM-before he was eliminated by security forces in January 2003. In an attempt to take revenge of that, HM terrorists headed by Billoo Gujjar and including Saifullah attacked police post Ind and gunned down 13 police personnel and decamped with arms and ammunition lying inside the police post,” SP Basant Rath said adding that “the recovered INSAS rifle was also taken away from Ind police post.”

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 18:32 IST