Hizb Commander among five killed in Kashmir
5 August 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: A self-styled commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and three militants were among five people killed in Kashmir where a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant surrendered, an official spokesman said on Monday. The district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Shabir Ahmad Mala alias Abu Bakar was killed along with his Pakistani accomplice Altaf Bhai in an encounter with Border Security Force (BSF) at village Drabgam in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday, the spokesman said. He said troops of ninth battalion BSF, acting on a specific information, raided the village on Monday morning and in the ensuing gunbattle the two militants were killed. The spokesman said security forces shot dead two more militants in an encounter at Keran sector of Kupwara district.