Hizb Commander among two killed; Mehbooba Mufti’s tweet sparks controversy

Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were neutralised in a gunfight between the armed forces and the terrorists in Handwara, Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter broke out in the early morning after a intelligence report of Manan Wani, along with the two others being present there.

Firing on the militants resulting in exchange of fire continued till 11 AM. Police also made announcements for the militants to surrender, the police officials said.

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There was a lull in firing at around 9 AM, prompting the police to initiate search operation at the encounter site, but the same had to be suspended after firing resumed after 15 minutes, the officials said.

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, said “today a PhD scholar chose death over life & was killed in an encounter. His death is entirely our loss as we are losing young educated boys everyday. 1/2,”.

Manan Wani was a scholar in Aligarh Muslim University and joined the militant group in January.

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