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Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Saifullah Mir Killed In An Encounter In Srinagar

Saifullah, in May this year,  was appointed as the new Hizbul chief five days after his predecessor Reyaz Naikoo was shot dead by the Indian Army in an encounter at his native village Beighpora.

Saifullah Mir, Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational chief, was killed in a gunfight with police and security forces at Rangreth in the outskirts of Srinagar on Sunday afternoon. The police have also arrested one of his associates.

Vijay Kumar, the inspector-General of Police Kashmir, told reporters that the Chief Commander of Hizbul has been killed while one militant associated with him has been apprehended during an encounter.

Saifullah Mir joined the militancy in August 2014. Saifullah, in May this year,  was appointed as the new Hizbul chief five days after his predecessor Reyaz Naikoo was shot dead by the Indian Army in an encounter at his native village Beighpora.

Mir’s village Malangpora is five kilometres away from Beighpora in district Pulwama of South Kashmir, which has remained a hotbed of militancy since 2016.

Hizbul Mujahideen is a separatist militant group that has remained active in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

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