Hizb Commander Killed In Doda Gunfight

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JAMMU - A top Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed by government forces while one of his accomplices escaped during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district on Wednesday, officials said.

The encounter between the militants and personnel of the army and police took place in the district's Gondana belt, Public Relations Officer, Defence, Jammu, Lt Col Devender Anand, said.

Government forces had received information about the presence of militants in the area, the officials said.

In the gun battle, Hizbul Mujahideen's Haroon Wani, an A++ category militant, was killed. He belonged to the Gattah belt of the district, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban Range, Sujit Kumar, said.

He said another militant has fled towards higher snow-bound areas and operations are on to track him.

Kumar said an AK-47 rifle, three magazines, 73 rounds, a Chinese grenade and a radio set have been recovered.

Associate Of Hizb Militants Nabbed: Police

An associate of militants was arrested on Wednesday from Awantipora area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

"Police in Awantipora arrested a militant associate of proscribed outfit Hizbul Mujahideen,” a police spokesman said.

The arrested person has been identified as Jahangir Ahmad Parray of Gulsahanpora in Tral area of the district.

"As per police records, he has been assisting the active militants of proscribed outfit Hizbul Mujahideen operating in the areas of Gulsahanpora, Seer, Pasoona, Wagad, Larow, Lurgam, Mongahama and other areas of Tral," the spokesman said.

Parray was involved in providing logistic support and assistance to militants operating in the areas of Tral, he added.

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