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Hizbul commander killed in Kashmir gunfight

April 03, 2011 21:42 IST
A top militant commander of the terror group Hizbul Mujaheedin was killed in a fierce gunfight in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Sunday.

A police spokesman said troops of 44 Unit of the army and police jointly surrounded the Tharna Keller area of Shopian district following a tip-off. "During the searches, the militants
opened fired at the security forces and the encounter lead to the death of a Hizbul Mujaheedin commander identified as Tariq Hussian alias Abu Zaid," the spokesman said.

One AK-56 rifle, three magazines and 88 rounds were recovered from the possession of the slain commander. Searches were still continuing in the area, the police said.
Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar