2 Hizb commanders killed in Valley
SRINAGAR: Troops have shot dead two senior commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen in held Kashmir, while 13 people were injured in a grenade blast, a police spokesman said on Sunday.
He said Ghulam Mohammed Malik and Mohammed Ashraf Padder were shot dead in separate clashes in northern Kupwara and southern Anantnag districts overnight Saturday. “Both were senior commanders of Hizb and were on the security force list of most wanted militants,” the spokesman said. In another incident suspected guerrillas killed eight people, including three women, of a Muslim family in fresh violence in held Kashmir, police said on Sunday.
A police spokesman said militants attacked a house in Udhampur district, south of Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar, and shot dead the mother, the daughter and an “infant”.
“Before fleeing, militants also set the house on fire,” the spokesman said. Suspected insurgents shot and killed a former militant and three members of his family in a raid on his house in Jammu, police said on Sunday.
Mohammed Shabir, a former guerrilla who had resumed farming, his mother, wife and only daughter were killed in the attack Saturday night in Hassote, a village 150 kilometres north of Jammu, said VS Sanyal, the senior superintendent of police.
In another incident, 13 civilians were injured in Srinagar on Sunday when a grenade lobbed by militants missed a security patrol and exploded among pedestrians, police said.
Security forces sealed off the area and launched a search. agencies