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Highlights: Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Bhat killed, authorities impose restrictions in parts of Kashmir Valley

Sabzar Bhat was killed by security forces in an encounter in Tral, Jammu and Kashmir.

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Highlights: Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Bhat killed, authorities impose restrictions in parts of Kashmir Valley

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Sabzar Bhat had called his family and asked for forgiveness

According to India Today, the encounter in which Sabzar Bhat was killed has been going on since Friday night after Hizbul Mujahideen militants ambushed an Army patrol party of 42 Rashtriya Rifles in Tral.

Bhat also reportedly made a phone call to his family members when he got injured and asked for forgiveness.

"Forgive me if I'm wrong. We have been cordoned," the report quoted him as saying.

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May 27, 2017 - 21:19 (IST)


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The killing of militant 'commander’ Sabzar Bhat has changed the situation in Kashmir in several ways, although it is by no means the sort of game-changer that the killing of Burhan Wani was last July. That sort of quantum change may still be a few weeks away.

At one level, the army is bucked up after this outstanding success. "We are going after the leaders," said Major General BS Raju, who heads the army's Victor Force, which is in charge of south Kashmir.

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May 27, 2017 - 20:57 (IST)

Authorities to impose curfew in Kashmir Valley 

A curfew will be imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar as a pre-emptive measure to prevent spread of violent protests which took place today, following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama.

"Curfew will be imposed tomorrow in seven police station areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure," Farooq Lone, district magistrate, Srinagar told PTI. He said the curfew will be imposed in Khanyar, Kralkhud, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Safakadal.

Lone also said that educational institutions in Srinagar will remain close on Monday. 

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May 27, 2017 - 20:28 (IST)

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May 27, 2017 - 20:09 (IST)

Pakistan condemns killing of Hizbul militant in Kashmir 

Pakistan on Saturday condemned the killing of Sabzar Bhat and other militants in Jammu and Kashmir, and called upon the international community, including the UN and human rights organisations, to intervene in the matter.

Accusing India of carrying out "extra-judicial killings", Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said India killed "12 Kashmiri youth in Kashmir since yesterday (Friday) in Pulwama and Baramulla. Three of them were martyred extra-judicially as has been done on numerous occasions in the recent past." 

IANS

May 27, 2017 - 19:18 (IST)

Sabzar Bhat was top on the wanted list

Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed in a gunfight with security forces on Saturday in south Kashmir's Tral, turned to militancy in April 2015 after the killing of Khalid Muzaffar, the younger brother of slain militant Burhan Wani. 

The killing of Muzaffar, who was a teenager, provoked Bhat, who lived in the same vicinity in Tral, to snatch a rifle from a CRPF jawan and he fled to the woods to join the militant ranks.

Soon after joining the Hizbul, Bhat was elevated to higher ranks and became part of Burhan Wani's core group that was responsible for its operations in the Kashmir Valley. 

IANS

May 27, 2017 - 19:03 (IST)

May 27, 2017 - 18:49 (IST)

Hurriyat calls for two-day shutdown in Kashmir 

The Hurriyat Conference on Saturday called for a two-day valley wide shutdown following the killing of militant commander Sabzar Bhat, which triggered protests and one civilian was killed.

At least 35 people got injured in clashes in different areas of Kashmir Valley with five security personnel also receiving bullet injuries, officials said.

"Five security personnel have also been injured," a police official said. 

IANS

May 27, 2017 - 17:53 (IST)

Civilian dead in cross-firing

As soon as news about the gunfight spread to neighbouring villages, dozens of protesters marched to the site and pelted stones at the security forces.

A civilian was killed and over two dozen protesters were injured during the clashes in Tral. Police sources said that the third militant, a foreigner, took advantage of the tumult to escape.

Valley police chief Muneer Khan said the civilian died in cross firing between the holed up militants and the security forces.

A spontaneous shutdown was observed in all districts and major towns of the Valley and protests started in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Srinagar and Kupwara. 

IANS
 

May 27, 2017 - 17:27 (IST)

10 militants killed in 24 hours in Army operation along LoC

The Indian Army on Saturday said its relentless operations to thwart attempts by Pakistan to boost terror activities in Kashmir have borne fruit, resulting to the deaths of ten militants since Friday. "Relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pakistan-sponsored agents to spread terror in the state in the run up to the holy month of Ramzan," said the defence spokesman of the Northern Command said.

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Hizbul Mujahideen commander and Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Bhat was killed on Saturday by security forces in an encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.

PTI reported that another militant was also killed in the encounter.

Highlights Burhan Wanis successor Sabzar Bhat killed authorities impose restrictions in parts of Kashmir Valley

Sabzar Bhat. Screenshot from YouTube video

An encounter broke out between militants and security forces on Saturday in Tral, after which security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Soimoh village of Tral, 36 km from Srinagar, following information about presence of some top Hizbul Mujhaideen militants in the area, a police official had told PTI.

He had also said as the security forces were closing on the house where the militants were hiding, the ultras opened fire.

The security forces retaliated, triggering a gunbattle.

News reports also said there will be a press conference by security forces later, giving details of this encounter.

Earlier on Saturday, the army also foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Rampur sector of Kashmir, killing six militants.

Troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in Rampur sector in the early hours, an Army official had said.

He had said a firefight broke out between the infiltrators and the Army, resulting in elimination of six ultras so far.

A search operation was going on in the area, the official had said.

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