Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter

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Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter-News Time-Now

Sabzar Bhat, the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and successor of Burhan Wani, was killed in an encounter today.

Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter-News Time-Now
Sabzar Ahmad Bhat with Burhan Wani | File Photo

Stepping up its pressure on militants in Kashmir, the recently appointed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was killed in an encounter today.Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter-News Time-Now

Minutes later, violence erupted with stone-pelters taking to the streets across Anantnag district in Kashmir.

Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter-News Time-Now
Sabzar Bhat

Bhat had succeeded Burhan Wani as the militant outfit’s chief. He was among two terrorists trapped and gunned down during a major encounter that lasted for hours in the Tral area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.

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Sources said at 9 pm on Friday, militants opened fire at a patrol party of 42 Rashtriya Rifles at Hardumir. They managed to escape from the spot when the forces started heavy retaliatory firing. After a chase, three militants were cornered and a gun battle ensued that continued till early hours of Saturday.

While Bhat and another militant were killed, search operations were on for the third militant.

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Kashmir may be in for fresh turmoil, but security has been tightened. Ironically, the incident happened on the day social media was back in the Valley.

Sources did not rule out another clampdown on social media following today’s development.

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Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter-News Time-NowBoth Wani and Bhat belonged to the Tral area. He took over as commander of Hizbul Mujahideen after Wani was shot dead a few months ago.

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The Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police, SP Vaid, told media on phone that Sabzar was definitely there. “His presence has been confirmed. But we will declare him dead only after all the operations are over.”Burhan Wani Successor Sabzar Bhat Killed in Kashmir Encounter-News Time-Now

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