Doda Gunfight: Slain militant identified as south Kashmir resident

Srinagar

A militant killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Doda district on Sunday has been identified as a resident of Pulwama.

IGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh said that a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander identified as Tahir Mohammad Bhat a resident of Malangpora Pulwama was killed in Gundna area of Poonch.

He said that his name has figured in the fabrication of IED which was exploded near CRPF convoy at Banihal in March 2019.

IGP said that slain was also a part of a group of HM militants who killed RSS activist Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO in April 2019.

“The slain was a close associate of present Operational Commander of HM outfit Saifullah @ Dr Saif and was assigned the task of the revival of militancy in Chenab Valley,” the IGP Jammu said.

“With this operation, an attempt of HM to revive activities in Doda has been nipped. The designs of the HM to target SF Convoy & Camps has also be thwarted,” he said.

Officials said an Army man was critically injured in the initial firing and later succumbed to injuries while being evacuated to hospital.

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