Hizb Commander killed in Sopore encounter

SRINAGAR: A Hizbul Mujahideen Commander for North Kashmir Shafi Sheikh was killed in an encounter with Sopore police and 22 RR in Seeloo, Sopore in the wee hours Sunday, a police official said.

During the intervening night of 15-16/02/2014, acting on a tip off, Sopore police and 22 RR launched a cordon and search operation in Bhat Mohalla, Seeloo in the jurisdiction of police station Sopore. The joint search party was fired upon. The fire was retaliated in which the militant was killed, he said.

The slain militant was later identified as Divisional Commander of Hizb for North Kashmir, Mohammad Shafi Sheikh alias Shafi Peer alias Rashid of Zaloora Sopore. One Pistol with eight rounds and a grenade was recovered from the site of the encounter.

The slain militant was involved in number of killings including that of police constable Mohammad Shafi Lone at Lathishat Sopore, SPO Altaf Ahmad at Adipora Sopore, Head Constable Mohammad Yousuf of CID Sopore, killing of 2 CRPF personnel in Pattan and snatching their service rifles in 2010. He was an IED expert and was involved in a number of IED blasts including the blast at Police Station Sopore in 2011 in which one SgCt. Morifat Hussain got killed besides being involved in number of grenade attacks in Sopore.

Meanwhile, Baleeg-u-Din operational spokesman of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in a telephonic statement confirmed the loss of commander saying, that UJC chief Syed Sallahudin has paid rich tributes to slain militant. “The United Jihad Council pays rich tributes to Martyr Mohammad Shafi Sheikh who gave his life for  a noble cause. We express our heartfelt sympathies and solidarity with the bereaved family,” said Baleeg-u-Din while quoting the UJC chief. (KNS)

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