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Hizbul Mujahideen operations commander Yasin Itoo among 3 killed in Shopian encounter

13 August 2017, 06:13 | Charlene Valdez

While security personnel were conducting searches, the terrorists opened fire triggering a fierce gunbattle that went on for hours. He was among the three militants gunned down by the Kashmir police.

A police official told Rising Kashmir that: "Hizb operational commander Yasin Yatoo was among the three militants who were killed during the gunfight at Awneera in Shopian".

Residents said that locals rushed out of their homes to protest and pelt stones on the forces as soon as firing started.

Itoo was for long associated with separatist movement and later joined the militancy.

After the operation got over, Director General of Police of Jammu & Kashmir SP Vaid, tweeted, "Today morning 3 Terrorists Eliminated at Zainpora Shopian".

Five army soldiers were injured in the gunfight.


Since January the police and the army have killed four top militant commanders having huge operational capabilities.

The injured soldiers are being treated at the army's base hospital in Badami Bagh area of Srinagar.

Earlier, acting on specific information, the security forces surrounded Awneera village on Saturday evening upon which they were fired at by the militants, leading to the gunfight, a police spokesman said. Two among them succumbed to injuries last night.

Rising Kashmir has learnt that dozen of people have also sustained pellet injuries during the overnight clashes wth the state government forces. At the time of withdrawal of the CASO party from the encounter site, the militants fired indiscriminately upon army vehicles in which one person namely Mohammad Syed of Shopian was injured.

Internet services have been blocked in Badgam district following the identification of Itoo among the slain militants.

The cordon and search operation was later called off as the militants managed to escape from the area.



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