Militant Commander Among 7 Killed
7 November 2005
Srinagar: Seven persons, including a district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, were killed while six others were wounded in separate militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours, an official spokesman said today. Security forces gunned down a self-styled district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit, during an encounter at Kalipora in south Kashmir district of Anantnag last evening. Some arms and ammunition were also seized from the slain militant, identified as Khursheed Ahmad Dar, alias Sidiq, the spokesman said. An encounter followed between militants and security forces at Dhadam-Gool in Udhampur district of the Jammu region today in which two militants were killed. Two assault rifles and some other arms and ammunition were also seized from the slain militants, the spokesman added. A security jawan also sustained injuries during the encounter. He was later hospitalised. Militants and security forces were engaged in gun-battle at Damhote-Gondoh and Khellani in Doda district of the Jammu region, earlier today. However, the militants managed to escape. They left behind one pistol, seven rounds of ammunition, one hand grenade, one camera, one binocular set and a wireless set. Official sources said two persons were killed and two others wounded when an abandoned improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Bandipora woods in North Kashmir district of Baramulla early today. The four civilians had gone to the jungle to collect firewood when the IED exploded, they added. The wounded were admitted to a hospital, the sources said. Militants shot dead Abdul Ahad Chopan at Pattan in the same district this afternoon. A report from Baramulla, quoting sources, said security forces gunned down a militant during an encounter at Warnow-Lolab in the frontier Kupwara district last evening. The militant, a Pakistani national, was identified as Mohammad Rustan. Two people were wounded when unidentified gunmen fired upon them at Shopian Chowk earlier today. Both critically wounded were admitted to a hospital, the sources added.