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Hizb lost 31 top commanders in J&K in 2005
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March 27, 2006 12:29 IST
Of the 13 militant outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir [Images], Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, considered the terror backbone of the state was worst hit in 2005 after it lost 31 of its top commanders among its 472 dead cadre.

"The most formidable terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, considered the backbone of Kashmir's militancy, have received major jolts one after another in 2005. It has lost its 31 highest commanders among its 472 dead cadre men in 2005," top police officials told PTI in Jammu on Monday.

Kashmir's militancy backbone, as a result, got a major jolt and the demoralised Hizb cadre have gone into hibernation, they said.

HuM tops the list of the 13 terror outfits operating in the state, which include, among others, Lashker-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al-badr, Al-umar, Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami and Jamait-ul-mujahideen, they said. A total of 67 top commanders have been killed by security forces and police in 2005, they said adding that HuM topped the list of "dead commanders" followed by LeT, Al-badr, JeM, HUJI and HuM, according to police figures.

LeT also lost 12 of its commanders in 2005 followed by nine top commanders of Al-badr, seven top commanders of JeM and two commanders each of HuM and HUJI. During the past three years of Mufti Sayeed government in Jammu and Kashmir, 182 commanders have been killed of which 64 belonged to the HuM. In 2006 HuM lost four self-styled divisional commanders, seven district commanders, nine tehsil commanders and 12 area commanders, they said adding in 2004 the outfit suffered heaviest loss with six top cadre being killed.

"Due to crumbling of the top structure of militant outfits like Hizb, LeT, JeM, lower militant cadre are on run in J&K," northern command chief, Lieutenant General Deepak Kapoor said.

After the killing of HuM's self-styled chief operation commander for the state Gulam Rasool Khan alias Saif-ul-Islam in November 2003, Gulam Rasool Dar alias Gazi Naseer-uddin took over as the outfit's Jammu and Kashmir chief commander. Gazi Naseer-uddin was however killed by the BSF two months after his appointment by troops in Umarabad, Baramulla on January 16, 2004.

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