Top JeM commander, associate killed in Bijbehara gunfight, says Police

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday evening said that a top Jaish commander along with his associate were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The slain militant has been identified as Fayaz Panzoo, a top Jaish commander, a police official said. The other slain militant is yet to be identified.

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The official said that Panzoo was involved in attack on CRPF at Anantnag town on June 12, 2019 in which 5 CRPF Personnel were killed and SHO Arshad Khan was seriously injured who later succumbed to injuries.

The gunfight ensued in Kutto area of Bijbehara in South  Kashmir’s Anantnag district after a joint team of Army,  SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the village.

The official said that while the cordon was being laid the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering an encounter.


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