Srinagar: Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Riyaz Naikoo along with his associate were killed in an encounter in Beighpora area in Pulwama district.
Confirming Naikoo’s death news agency IANS quoted a senior security forces officer as having said, “Naikoo has been killed along with his associate.”
Officials said the operation was carried out with pinpoint precision without any collateral damage.
Authorities have suspended mobile Internet across the Kashmir Valley.
The overnight operation to trap Naikoo by the forces was started on Tuesday evening when a massive search operation was launched in the native Beighpora village of Naikoo near the Awantipora town of Pulwama district.
then that after receiving credible information that the top Hizbul Mujahideen commander had come to visit his home in Beighpora village the joint op by the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the local police, moved in quickly to seal all entry and exit points of the village.
“The adjoining Gulzarpora village has also been brought under the cordon and search operation is on to ensure that once trapped, he is unable to escape,” sources said.
Riyaz Naikoo took over as the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen after the commander Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with the forces in Kokarnag area in Anantnag district on July 8, 2016.
Naikoo carried a reward of Rs 12 lakh on his head.
Before joining the militant ranks, Naikoo worked as a mathematics teacher at a local school.
Meanwhile, three more militants were killed in encounter with government forces at Sarshali Khrew area of Awantipora, police said.
Mobile internet has been also suspended across Valley to avoid any law and order problem for precautionary measures. IANS
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