Hizb Commander Among 5 Killed
5 December 2005
Srinagar: Five militants, including a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, were killed and a Major was wounded while the security forces seized a large cache of arms and ammunition in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, an official spokesman said today. The police and the security forces in a joint operation killed a Hizb commander, Mohammad Shafi Bhat, alias Zahid, at Arwani in South Kashmir district of Anantnag last night. An AK rifle, two magazines and 25 rounds of ammunition were seized from the slain commander, wanted in several militancy-related incidents. The security forces killed a militant during an encounter at Yanner near Pahalgam late last night. Some arms and ammunition were seized from him, the spokesman said. A Nepalese, Nabeel, was injured in an exchange of fire between militants and the security forces at Amira Kadal, near here, last night. He was admitted to hospital. A defence spokesman said troops of 52 Rashtriya Rifles on a specific information cordoned off the Numbalnar area to nab the militants hiding there. As the troops were sealing the area, the militants attacked them with automatic weapons, he said, adding that the fire was returned and in the fierce clash, two ultras were killed. A Major and a civilian were wounded in the clash. In another encounter at Pethawudar, troops gunned down a militant today. A AK rifle and other arms and ammunition were seized from the slain militant.