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Self-styled Harkat commander shot dead in J&K

A self-styled district commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen outfit has been shot dead in an encounter with police in Baramulla district.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2007 13:55 IST

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A self-styled district commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen outfit was shot dead in an encounter with police in Baramulla district on Sunday.

Acting on specific information about presence of militants, police cordoned Krankshavan-Sopore, 55 kms from Srinagar on Sunday morning, a police spokesman said.

In the ensuing encounter, the self-styled district commander identified as Abu Shaheen Afgani was killed.

Terming the killing of Afgani as a major breakthrough, the spokesman said the ultra had planned a major strike ahead of Independence Day in the apple-rich town of Sopore.

First Published: Aug 12, 2007 13:07 IST