Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said chief of the Al-Badr militant outfit Gani Khawaja was killed in the fierce gunfight at Tujjar area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
“We have killed Al-Badr chief Gani Khawja in the ensuing encounter at Tujjar, Sopore,” IGP Kashmir said.
He said the killing of Khawaja was a big success for the security forces.
Speaking to media persons at Sopore, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sopore, Javaid Iqbal said acting on a specific input about the presence of militants in Tujjar, joint team of security forces laid a cordon.
“After zeroing in on the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately, triggering a gunfight. In the ensuing gunfight, a militant was killed,” he said.
A joint contingent of police, CPRF and army launched a joint combing and search operation in Tujjar area of Sopore after receiving information about presence of militants there.
IGP Kashmir said the operation is over and searches are being conducted in the area. (KNO)