Srinagar: Three from the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist outfit, including one of its its self-styled commander Yasin Itoo alias ‘Gaznavi’, were killed in an encounter that began Saturday night (12 Agust 2017). Two armymen have been martyred in this encounter in Shopian district in South Kashmir.
Acting on a tip-off, Army, Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, and the CRPF cordoned off Awnira village of Shopian on Satuday night. Encircled by the security forces, the terrorists opened fire injuring 5 Army personnel, two of whom later succumbed to their wounds. The security were that were engaged in several rouns of firing through the night launched a major strike in the morning and all the the three terrorists holed up in the village were killed.
Besides Gaznavi, the two other killed were Irfan, who was the mastermind behind the online propaganda for Hizbul Mujahideen, and Umar, who was personal security man of Ghaznavi.
Itoo, from Budgam district of central Kashmir, had joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 1996. He was one of the main persons behind the prolonged disturbances in Kashmir following the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016. He was also instrumental in a big way in recruiting young men into the terrorist outfit.