J&K: Hizb chief killed in Srinagar encounter

Srinagar (NVI): In a huge success against terrorism in Kashmir, security forces today killed Saifullah, Chief Commander of Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen, in an encounter in Rangreth of Srinagar district.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said, “Saifullah was a catalyst in abductions/killings of civilians, SPOs and policemen in 2018. A very dedicated associate of then Hizbul Mujahideen chief, Riyaz Naikoo, and a brand of new age terrorism ends today.”

He further added, “One militant associate has also been apprehended alive in the encounter that took place in the Rangreth area.”

Dr Saifullah took over as Hizb Chief after Reyaz Naikoo was killed earlier this year in May.

According to police officials, a joint team of police and CRPF have launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) based on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Rangreth area.

As the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter, they added.