Sabzar Ahmad Bhat alias Abu Zarar, who had succeeded Burhan Wani as the Hizbul Mujahideen commander, has reportedly been killed by security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral area.
Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was among a group of three terrorists trapped in Tral area of Pulwama district. Another terrorists killed is believed to be Faizan Muzaffar Bhat. Sabzar Ahmad Bhat took the reins of Hizbul Mujahideen after Burhan Wani was killed on July 8, 2016 by security forces in Anantnag district. Two terrorists including Sabzar Ahmad Bhat were killed in the gun-battle, while another terrorist is still holed up.
Earlier it was reported that, two terrorists are trapped and a massive encounter is underway in Saimu Tral sector of Jammu and Kashmir, as security forces are trying to smoke them out from their hideouts.
The entire area has been cordoned off and a major counter- operation is underway.
It is reported that Rashtriya Rifles is carrying out the encounter which has wiped out altogether eight terrorists thus far.
Elsewhere, the Indian Army successfully foiled an infiltration bid in Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir today, in which four terrorists were neutralized.
The area has been cordoned off and is being sanitized to check for remaining untoward elements.