Top Hizbul Mujahedin Commander Killed In Kashmir
26 January 2007
Srinagar: Police Friday said it had achieved a major success in south Kashmir by killing a senior Hizbul Mujahideen commander. Muhammad Shafi Khatana alias Aurangzeb Peer, who has been active in the area for the last 15 years, was killed in an encounter with the Special Operations Group of J&K Police at Gavran village near Kokernag in Anantnag district early Friday, a senior police officer said. SSP Anantnag's Abdul Ghani Mir was quoted as saying police received specific information that Hizb's district commander was in the village Kachwan in Kokarnag. Acting on this information, Anantnag Police started a search for the militant in the wee hours today. However, the beseiged militant started indiscriminate firing on the police which sparked a fierce encounter resulting in his death. But his forces suffered no casualties in the encounter. The SSP revealed that the deceased commander had been active since 1992 and was wanted in a number of killings and IED blasts. They termed the killing of Shafi on Republic Day as a big success for J&K Police and a tremendous blow to the militant organization. One AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter.