5 mil­i­tants, civil­ian killed in Kash­mir

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Peerzada Ashiq

Five mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing a Hizb-ul-Mu­jahideen com­man­der, were killed in an op­er­a­tion by the se­cu­rity forces in south Kash­mir’s Kul­gam on Satur­day. One civil­ian was killed and over 20 in­jured in clashes sparked by th­ese killings.

“The op­er­a­tion was a big suc­cess as five mil­i­tants, af­fil­i­ated to the Hizb and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, were killed,” said Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Muneer Ah­mad Khan.

Hizb com­man­der Gulzar Ah­mad Pad­der alias Saif was among those killed. “Pad­dar was a close as­so­ciate of the slain Altaf Kachroo. They were in­volved in a se­ries of ter­ror at­tacks,” said the po­lice.

The po­lice iden­ti­fied four other slain mil­i­tants as Faisal Ah­mad Rather alias Da­wood, Zahid Ah­mad Mir alias Hashim, Mas­roor Molvi alias Abu Darda and Za­hoor Ah­mad Lone alias Rehman Bhai. “Za­hoor alias Rehman and Man­soor were in­volved in se­ries of ter­ror of­fences, be­sides re­cruit­ment of lo­cals,” said the po­lice.

Arms and am­mu­ni­tion were seized from the site of en­counter, said the po­lice.

Ear­lier, the se­cu­rity forces used an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice to dis­man­tle a house in the Chowgam area, where mil­i­tants were hid­ing and fir­ing at them. The op­er­a­tion was launched on Fri­day night and con­tact with hid­ing mil­i­tants was es­tab­lished in the morn­ing.

One civil­ian, Rouf Ahmed Khan, a res­i­dent of Anchi­dora, died of firearm in­juries suf­fered dur­ing clashes with se­cu­rity forces in Anant­nag. Ac­cord­ing to hospi­tal sources, three civil­ians sus­tained pel­let in­juries in their eyes.

Sep­a­ratist Joint Re­sis­tance Lead­ers (JRL) com­pris­ing Syed Ali Gee­lani, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq and Yasin Ma­lik, have called for a shut­down on Mon­day against th­ese killings.

One sol­dier was in­jured in a cease­fire vi­o­la­tion by Pak­istani troops along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Jammu’s Ra­jouri. He was rushed to Ud­ham­pur for treat­ment.

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