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J&K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in encounter near Amarnath Yatra route in Anantnag

One of the three killed terrorists linked to Hizbul Mujahideen has been identified as Ashraf Molvi -- one of the oldest surviving terrorists of the outfit in Jammu and Kashmir.

Manzoor Mir Reported by: Manzoor Mir Srinagar Updated on: May 06, 2022 17:05 IST
Security personnel stand guard during an encounter with
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Security personnel stand guard during an encounter with terrorists in Srinagar, Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Highlights

  • One among them was identified as Ashraf Molvi. He was one of the oldest surviving terrorists in J&K
  • Police said that the encounter took place near the route of the Amarnath Yatra
  • Police said the operation on the Amarnath Yatra route was a major success for the security forces

Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, including a self-styled commander of the outfit, were killed in an encounter with security on Friday in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Police said that the encounter took place near the route of the annual Amarnath Yatra.

Based on specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in the Srichand Top forest area in Pahalgam, Anantnag, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there. The search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces. In retaliation, three terrorists were killed. 

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar identified one of the slain ultras as Ashraf Molvi -- one of the oldest surviving terrorists of the outfit.

“Ashraf Molvi (one of oldest surviving #terrorist of HM #terror outfit) along with two other terrorists killed,” he said on Twitter.

Ashraf was given the charge to look after the operations of the terrorist group in Jammu and Kashmir after Riyaz Naikoo was killed by security forces in May 2020.

Kumar said the operation on the Amarnath Yatra route was a major success for the security forces.

Pahalgam, the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir, also serves as one of the base camps for the yatra, which is scheduled to start from June 30 after a gap of two years.

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