Burhan Wani's successor killed in Pulwama encounter

Henrietta Brewer
May 28, 2017

Many shops and businesses have closed and thousands of people are reported to be heading to Bhat's home village in the Tral area of Kashmir, about 30 miles (48km) south of Srinagar, to attend his funeral.

Top Army sources said after killing Sabzar and Faizan, the force would continue its aggressive operational tempo against other terrorist leaders and won't let them see the coming winter.

Sabzar Ahmad Bhat turned to militancy in April 2015 after the killing of Khalid Muzaffar, the younger brother of slain militant Burhan Wani.

Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, 27, the leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen military group, and an associate were killed by government troops after militants instigated a gun fight with security forces Friday night in the town of Tral. Authorities also arrested around 8,000 civilians to contain the protests. They managed to escape the spot when the forces retaliated.

According to local media reports, the house where the terrorists were hiding has been demolished. However, the villagers were intercepted by police and paramilitary personnel, who fired tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge.

While six persons had bullet injuries, 13 others were hit by pellets. In clashes at other place, 40 people including 28 protesters and 12 security men were injured.

Two suspected militants were killed in the same region on Friday, the Indian army said.

Separatists in the Valley have called for a two-day shutdown from today over the "use of force" against the protesters following the killing of Sabzar Bhat.

Clashes, however, continued across the valley, causing a government clampdown on Internet services in the region once again.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the predominantly Muslim Kashmir valley, one of the world's most heavily militarised areas, where most people favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.

The curfew has been announced in parts of Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of eight police stations including Kralkhud, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safa kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Batamaloo and Nowhatta. The restriction will remain in place till further orders.

A separatist movement and guerilla war challenging New Delhi's rule is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989.

The move comes as part of India's new aggressive counter-strategy on both the Line of Control and Kashmir Valley against Pakistan-backed jihadis.

The situation along LoC is tense since the beginning of this month. His death triggered widespread protests in south, central and north Kashmir, with a civilian killed and many injured.

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