After eliminating Hizbul commander J&K cops declare Doda district terror free

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After security forces killed three terrorists, including a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, in an encounter in Anantnag district, Jammu and Kashmir police today said that Doda district in Jammu region has become totally free of terrorists.

Apart from Hizbul Mujahideen commander Masood Ahmed Bhat, two other terrorists were also eliminated in the operation in Khulchohar area of the south Kashmir district. “With Masood’s death, the entire Doda district in Jammu region has become totally free of terrorists as he was one of the last surviving terrorists there,” police officials were quoted as telling the media.

This is being attributed as a major success in the anti-terror operations in the union territory,

The operation was jointly launched by the Army, J&K police and CRPF. After killing of three terrorists, the army said one AK rifle and two pistols were recovered from the encounter site.

“With today’s operation at Khull Chohar Anantnag by Anantnag Police along with Local RR unit in which two LET terrorists including one district commander and one Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Masood are neutralised. Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free one again as Masood was last surviving terrorist of Doda District,” J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh was quoted by a leading new channel.

“Masood was involved in a rape case filed by Doda police and was on the run ever since. He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” he added.

Jammu and Kashmir police had on Saturday said that 29 foreign terrorists are active in south Kashmir.

The police officer also added that the security forces have achieved a huge success by “wiping out” Hizbul Mujahidden from Tral area of Pulwama district and the aim is to wipe out terrorism from south Kashmir.