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J&K: Forces kill top Hizbul Mujahideen commander in encounter, rescue over 60 civilians

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Srinagar: In an encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in the Ashmunji area of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir, a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander was also gunned down in the ongoing face off, on Saturday (November 20). The security forces also rescued at least 60 people, including school children, from the encounter site.

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Informing about the gunfight, Kashmir zone police tweeted, “01 unidentified #terrorist killed. #Operation going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice.”

Two other militants are believed to be trapped at the site, sources said.

A police officer identified him as top Hizbul mujahideen terror outfit commander Mudasir Wagay of Malwan village of Kulgam who was active since August 2018 and was in A+ category of police. 

Earlier on input about the presence of terrorists in the area, a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation. He added as the searching team cordoned the suspected spot, an exchange of fire happened and the encounter started.

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Earlier, Kashmir zone police tweeted, “Encounter has started at Ashmuji area of Kulgam. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice.”

On Thursday, in two encounters in Kulgam, security forces had killed 5 terrorists two from TRF and 3 from Hizbul Mujahideen. 

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