Police said that Hizbul Muhajidin’s top operative Dr. Saifullah was killed on Sunday during a shelling in Rangreth area. On a specific notice, a terrorist was caught alive during the operation that started in the morning.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range Vijay Kumar said that they had received information that some terrorists who had come for South Kashmir are hiding in Rangreth area. “A joint operation was launched by the police, CRPF and later the army,” he said.
Kumar said that during the encounter one terrorist was killed and the other was caught alive. “Our sources have told us that the chief commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the terrorist killed in the operation, is Dr. Saifullah.” He said that they are waiting for the Hizb chief’s family members to identify the body.
Kumar termed Saifullah’s assassination a major success for the security forces. “He is the second Hizb chief killed in the operation this year. Earlier in May, Operational Commander Riaz Naiku was also killed in an encounter in Pulwama and then Dr. Saifullah was named as the new Hizb chief. For the security forces, this is a major breakthrough. “
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