Jammu: A Hizbul Mujahideen militant was
gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Doda
district in the wee hours on Saturday.
Acting on a tip off, Rashtriya Rifles troops and police
launched a cordon and search operation in Jagote forest belt
in Doda district late last night, Doda Superintendent of
Police Virender Sharma said.
In the gunfight between the security forces and militants
which took place in the wee hours, one of the oldest surviving
Hizb militant identified as Azad Hussain Wani was killed,
One pistol, two magazines and some explosive material
were recovered from him, he said.
Wani had joined militancy in October 1989 and was
involved in killing of a carpenter, who had carved out a
hideout for him in Marmat forest belt, police said.
He was also involved in extortion and threatening Gujjars
in the area.