8 militants killed, 58 kg RDX seized in J&K
21 November 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: Eight militants, including two top al-Badr commanders, were among 11 people killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir where security personnel smashed two hideouts and seized 58 kgs of RDX and a huge cache of arms and ammunition, an official spokesman said on Wednesday.Self-styled operational chief of al-Badr Hafiz Ahsan Ali alias Nayeem and the outfit''s divisional commander Syed Tulha Ahmad alias Tamjeed, both Pakistani nationals, were killed in an encounter with Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel at Chaterhama-Zakoora on the outskirts of Srinagar in the wee hours on Wednesday.The spokesman described the killings as a ''major breakthrough'' and a severe blow to the outfit in the Valley in particular and militancy in general.Army personnel busted two militant hideouts at Lone-Harray and Halsidar in Anantnag district and seized 58 kgs RDX and a huge cache of arms and ammunition including AK rifles, rockets with chargers, grenades and mortar bombs.A Hizbul Mujahideen militant identified as Abdul Hamid Bhat was shot dead in an encounter with Army personnel in Ganderbal on the outskirts of Srinagar.Four militants were killed in separate encounters with security forces at Khanetar-Mendhar and Bachai- Surankote in Poonch.