J&K: Hizbul commander killed making Doda district “free of terrorists,” says Police

The security forces have successfully eliminated Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Masood Ahmed Bhat, making Doda a “terrorist-free” district, said Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh.

Three terrorists including Masood Ahmed Bhat, were killed in an encounter with security forces at Khulchohar area of Anantnag.

“With today’s operation at Khulchohar area of Anantnag by Police along with Local RR unit in which 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists including one district commander and one HM commander Masood Ahmed Bhat,were neutralised, Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free once again,” Singh said.

“Masood was involved in a rape case filed by Doda police and was on the run ever since. He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” he added.

“There is a presence of foreign terrorists in the upper reaches of Kokernag, Tral and Khrew. There are about 29 foreign terrorists active in South Kashmir and we will neutralise them when they come down and our sources inform us (about them),” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.