Police claim killing of top Jaish militant

The police on Saturday claimed to have killed the chief commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad in North Kashmir's Rafiabad. The commander, identified as Shoib Tunda, was involved in the killing of several political workers, and was active in the Valley for the past one decade, they said.

They added that a joint operation was launched by the police and the Army after specific information was received that Jaish chief commander and category 'A' militant was hiding inside a house at Chatlora village in Rafiabad. Police spokesperson said that a police party with the Army's 22 Rashtriya Rifles sealed the house during the night. "In the wee hours when the search party, led by Sub-Inspector Dilraj Singh, entered inside, the militant fired upon the search party in which the police officer got injured," he said, adding that the exchange of fire lasted for half-an-hour. "The slain commander was operating under different code names like Showket, Shazeb, Shoib and Yasir," the spokesperson said.

Terming the killing of chief commander a great success, the police spokesman said that he was wanted in several civilian killings. "He had infiltrated into the Valley in 2002 and had been active in Kupwara and Sopore area since then. He was involved in killing of the zonal president of a political party, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, and local leader Ghulam Mohidin Bhat, besides other subversive activities," he said.

Army spokesperson Lt Col J S Brar termed the killing of the militant a big achievement. "An AK rifle, one pistol with other arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site," he said.

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