Top Hizb militant killed in Pulwama, civilian dies in clashes

02 May, 2018, 07:02 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Security personnel stand guard during an encounter between security forces and militants at Drabgam in Pulwama District of South Kashmir on Monday | PTI

Shahid Ahmad Dar, 25, of Arihal died of firearm injuries, as hundreds of local people clashed with the security forces near the site. "They were hit either by bullets or pellets". He was also accused of attacks on many political leaders, activists and security forces.

Two soldiers including an army major were wounded in the gunfight.

Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants including a top commander Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer "Tiger" and a civilian Shahid Ahmad Dar were killed during a gunfight at Drubgam village in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday.

The banned Hizbul Mujahideen had recruited Sameer as an overground worker after he finished Class 8 studies. He was involved in several stone pelting incidents prior to his militant activities.

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Twenty four hours before the Drubgam operation took place, Sameer Tiger had released a 1.24 minute video of a crouched semi-naked man; confessing to be an Army informer and giving away the names of people, claiming that they were working for the security forces. Some 15 civilians were injured.

Around noon, Army personnel, who had to fight with the stone pelting civilians, fired at heavily at the house where the terrorists were hiding, thereby creating an explosion, officials said.

Aqib Mushtaq Khan had been an active militant since July 2017. He also had plotted several attacks on the security establishments in south Kashmir along with Bhat and was closely associated with him after joining the militant ranks, police said. The dead have been identified as Asif Ahmad Sheikh, Haseeb Ahmad Khan and Mohammad Asgar - all residents of Kakar Hamam in Baramulla. A resident of Drabgam, he was said to be very popular among local residents and his pictures were often circulated on social media.

Around 2.15 pm, Bhat was gunned down, officials added. Major Shukla was his aide was injured when militants opened fire, informned Vinay Kumar, the Commanding Officer of the 183rd battalion of CRPF. Major Rohit of 44 RR was immediately evecuated from the encounter and airlifted to the Srinagar's 92 base hospital of Army.



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