Top Harkat, Jaish Commanders Killed
1 January 2006
Srinagar: Two self-styled commanders of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) were killed and two other militants were arrested by security forces and the police in the Kashmir valley, a police spokesman said. Militants kidnapped and later tortured a woman employee in the Sericulture Department at Arwani Bijbehara in south Kashmir. She was set free in an injured condition, he said. Acting on a tip-off, security forces and the police launched a joint search operation at Alisteng Pandhach on the outskirts of the city last night. However, when the security forces were sealing the area, militants attacked them with automatic weapons and also hurled hand grenades. The fire was returned and in the fierce encounter Deputy chief of HuM Qadir Mughal, alias Saifullah, a resident of Pakistan, was killed. One AK rifle, two magazines, 43 rounds of ammunition, four UBGL and two grenades were seized from him. He was wanted in several militancy-related incidents. The spokesman said security forces and the police, in yet another joint operation, gunned down a commander of JeM in an encounter at Doda last night. One AK rifle, three magazines,100 rounds of ammunition, one pistol, two grenades, one wireless set and three detonators were recovered from the slain commander. He said the police arrested a Lashker-e- Toiba militant Wasim Ahmad Malla at Shopian, while another militant Nazir Ahmad Regoo was arrested along with three hand grenades and 25 rounds of ammunition at Pampore in south Kashmir last night.