Top militant leader gunned down in Kashmir (Lead)

April 30th, 2008 - 12:42 am ICT by admin  


Srinagar, April 29 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir police Tuesday evening gunned down the chief commander of the Harkatul-Mujaheedin (HuM), one of the most wanted militant leaders, in the state’s Baramulla district. HuM chief commander Sajad Afghani was gunned down by the special operations group (SOG) of the police in the north Kashmir town of Sopore town, 54 km from here.

A senior police officer said, members of the SOG surrounded a government house near the sub-district hospital of Sopore late Tuesday on specific information about the presence of the HuM guerrilla inside.

“The HuM chief was challenged to surrender, but he instead opened fire at the police, which was returned. In the firing exchanges, Afghani was killed,” a senior police official said.

He said arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain commander.

Afghani’s killing is described by police as a major success in the ongoing anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.

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