Top Hizb commander, LeT militant killed
2 October 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar: A top Hizbul Mujahideen militant and other militant, owing alligence to Lashkar-e-Toiba ( LeT) were killed while security forces seized arms and ammunition during overnight operations, an official spokesman said today. A Border Security Force (BSF) spokesman said troops of the 173 battalion killed a dreaded militant of the Hizb, involved in more than 100 killings, mostly Army personnel, and also several car bomb explosions in Kashmir valley in a fierce gunfight in south Kashmir district of Pulwama last evening. Giving details, he said on a specific information about the movement of top militant commanders at village Bismai Karamulla Top in the Tral area of the district, troops of 173 Bn along with Police personnel laid an ambush there. Soon they noticed suspicious movement of two people. On being challenged, the suspects started firing on the security personnel. The security forces effectively retaliated the fire and a fierce gun- battle ensued in which one militant was killed and another seriously wounded, he added. The slain militant was later identified as Abdul Rashid Gujjar of Zardinar, Machama in Tral, the operational commander of the Hizb. Active since 1994, Gujjar was involved in more than 100 killings and car bomb explosions in the Valley, including an IED blast on Tata Sumo on December 4, 2004 in which an Army Major and ten other ranks were killed, the spokesman said. He was also responsible for the car bomb blast on June 24 this year on an Army convoy near the Nishat Police Station here in which 11 personnel were killed besides another car bomb explosion near the Pulwama Post Office on June 13 this year in which five people were killed and more than 70 others wounded, he added. The apprehended militant was identified as Mushtaq Gujjar of Karamulla in Tral. He was wounded in the gunfight and hospitalised. The spokesman said one AK rifle, five SK magazines, 122 AK ammunition rounds, one hand grenade, two electronic detonators, one Jehadi literature and Rs ten in Pakistani currency were seized. The official spokesman said security forces killed a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Jaffer Shaheen, in an encounter at Kinoosa forest in Bandipora area of the north Kashmir district of Baramulla late last night. An AK rifle, three magazines, two hand grenades, five UBGL grenades, one wireless set and 40 rounds were seized from him.