Top Hizb commander Ashraf Molvi among three militants killed in Pahalgam: IGP Kashmir

SRINAGAR — The longest-surviving Hizbul Mujahideen commander Ashraf Molvi was killed along with two other militants in the woods of Batkoot area of Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday.

Inspector-General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar confirmed to GNS that Ashraf Molvi along with two other militants have been killed in Pahalgam.

Mohd Ashraf Khan alias Ashraf Molvi, a resident of Tengpawa Kokernag, had joined Hizb in 2013 and soon became the most wanted militant in the valley. ‘He was instrumental in recruiting locals into the outfit,” the top cop said.

Earlier, a joint team of Police and 19 RR of the Army launched a cordon and search operation in the Batkoot forest.

As the joint team of the forces intensified their search towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the search party, leading to an encounter.



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