Home / India News / Jammu’s Doda is militancy free, say cops after Hizbul terrorist Masood killed in encounterHizbul’s Masood had joined the terror group when he was on the run in a rape case registered against him in Doda, police said.
india Updated: Jun 29, 2020 10:49 ISTHizbul Mujahideen terrorist Masood was killed in an encounter in Anantnag’s Khull Chohar area. Two other terrorists were also eliminated in the gunfight
Masood, a so-called commander of terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed by security forces in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday morning. Masood was the last surviving terrorist from the Doda district, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh said.
Masood was wanted in a rape case in Doda and had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen when he was on the run, the Kashmir police said. He had shifted his area of operation to Kashmir.
J&K police chief Dilbag Singh counted Masood’s elimination as a huge win for the security forces.
“Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free once again as Masood was a last surviving terrorist of the Doda District,” Dilbag Singh said.
Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists including a district commander were also killed in Monday’s encounter with a joint team of Kashmir police and Rashtriya Rifles in Anantnag’s Khull Chohar. This is not the first time that terrorists from two groups have been found to be working together in Kashmir in recent months.
Doda, a district in eastern Jammu region that borders south Kashmir’s Anantnag, has been a key area of focus for security forces. Monday’s encounter less than a fortnight after Dilbag Singh went on to declare that they were within striking distance of clearing Doda of terrorists.
Over 30 terrorists including the so-called commanders of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen have been killed in Kashmir this month.
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