Sabzar Bhat, Burhan Wani's successor, killed in encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Soimoh village of Tral following information about presence of some top Hizbul Mujhaideen militants in the area.

Published: 27th May 2017 12:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2017 06:04 PM   |  A+A-

JK Army personnel standing outside a house which got completely damaged during an encounter between militants and security forces at Soimoh village of Tral in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday. | PTI


SRINAGAR: Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani, was today killed along with another militant in an encounter with security forces in Tral area of Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Soon after the killings, stone-pelting protests have started at several places in the Valley.

Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI that Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat is among the two militants killed in the encounter in Soimoh area of Tral this morning.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Soimoh village of Tral, 36 kms from here, following information about the presence of some top Hizbul Mujahideen militants in the area, a police official said.

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He said the operation was launched after militants opened fire on an army patrol in Tral area last night.

The official said as the security forces were closing on the building where the militants were hiding, the ultras opened fire.

Stone pelting incidents have been reported in some parts of south Kashmir including Tral in Pulwama and Khanabal in Anantnag district, the official said.

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He said the law enforcing agencies are on the job to chase away the protestors.

Burhan Wani was killed on July 8 last year in south Kashmir. His killing had sparked violence in the Kashmir Valley for months.


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