Hizb commander among 10 militants killed in Kashmir
6 January 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: In stepped up offensive against ultras, security forces killed 10 militants, including a self-styled Hizbul Commander and three Lashkar- e-Toiba militants, in separate gunbattles in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday. Mohammad Amin alias Zubair Abdullah, a self- styled company commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, and two other militants were killed in a gunfight with BSF personnel at village Nigu in Badgam district, a BSF spokesman said. He said the exchange of fire took place when BSF personnel were carrying out combing operations in the village to flush out ultras. The shootout lasted nearly two hours in which Abdullah and his close associates Nazir Lalli and Samad Sheikh were killed, the spokesman said, adding some arms and ammunition were recovered from the scene. The killings sparked tension as villagers alleged three unarmed residents had been killed by security forces after arresting them. They demanded an inquiry into the incident. Three Lashkar ultras were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Kalaban forest belt in Poonch, official sources said. The slain militants were identified as Nassir Mujahidcode name Ibrar Bhai, Afrid Bhai and Abu Mujahid, they said, adding the gunfight erupted during search operations by troops in the area.