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Top Mujahid commander Sabzaar killed fighting Indian forces in Kashmir

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A top Mujahid commander, who was a close associate of Burhan Wani, was among the two killed in Tral while fighting Indian forces on Saturday.

The slain commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of Ratsuna village of Tral was killed in a gunfight at Saimoo village, which broke out on Friday evening.

Director general of police SP Vaid confirmed the killing of Sabzaar along with another militant. The operation was conducted by army along with police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) based on an input about the presence of militants, an army spokesperson said.

As soon as the news about Sabzaar’s killing spread, shopkeepers downed their shutters at several places in solidarity with the slain commander. Protests and clashes broke out between forces and youth in several parts of the Valley including Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Pampore, Srinagar, Sopore and Bandipora. Stone throwing clashes erupted in several areas of downtown in Srinagar.

In Anantnag, seven people were injured during clashes. One among the injured who has been identified as Sameer of Kehribal was referred to Srinagar hospital while two others are being treated in Anantnag’s district hospital.

A civilian was injured in Saimoo village after the cordon ended there. The government suspended internet services in in the Valley, 12 hours after revoking ban on social media. Stone-pelting protests started at around 50 places in south Kashmir, PTI reported.

Who was Sabzaar?

Sabzaar joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 2015 after the killing of Burhan Wani’s brother, Khalid Wani. He was believed to be leading the outfit in Tral and was described as a “military strategist”. He featured in a photo along with Burhan wearing army fatigues and clutching an AK-47 in his hand in an undisclosed location. Sabzaar, who carried a reward on his head had snatched a rifle of a trooper in his hometown Tral before being inducted in Hizb. The militant commander also appeared in the funeral of his associate Burhan on July 9, 2016.

Source: Kashmir Reader