Srinagar: Sabzar Ahmad Bhat alias Abu Zarar, who had succeeded Burhan Wani as the Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was reportedly killed by security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral area. Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was among a group of three terrorists trapped in Tral area of Pulwama district. Another terrorists killed is believed to be Faizan Muzaffar Bhat. Sabzar Ahmad Bhat took the reins of Hizbul Mujahideen after Burhan Wani was killed on July 8, 2016 by security forces in Anantnag district. Two terrorists including Sabzar Ahmad Bhat were killed in the gun-battle, while another terrorist is still holed up.
A gunfight erupted on Friday between militants and security forces when they opened fire at a patrol party of 42 Rashtriya Rifles. However, the militants managed to escape the spot when the forces retaliated. They were later cornered inside a house in Saimoh village of Tral town and the encounter began. In a statement, Indian Army, without taking the name of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, said two terrorists have been neutralised.
Security forces have cordoned off the area as another militant is still inside the house. A search operation is underway. More details are awaited. Meanwhile, Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Six militants were killed when a group of militants was challenged by the alert troops on the Indian side of the LoC in Rampur sector.
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