A top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander has been reportedly killed by the security forces in an ongoing encounter in the Ashmuji area of South Kashmir's Kulgam district. The police has identified him as Mudasir Wagay of Malwan village of Kulgam who was active since August 2018 and was in the A+ category of police.
Earlier on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area, a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation. As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.
The security forces rescued at least 60 people, including school children, from the encounter site.
"All recovered material has been taken into custody for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes," the police said.
A case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Kulgam and an investigation has been initiated.
On Wednesday, five terrorists, including district commanders of The Resistance Front (TRF) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in twin encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam.
The encounters took place in Goplapora and Pombay areas of the South Kashmir district.
While three terrorists were killed in the Pombay operation, two were killed in the Goplapora gunfight.