Hizbul commander Yasin Itoo, 2 soldiers among 5 killed in Shopian gunfight

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

The Indian armed forces registered yet another success in their fight against terrorism when a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed in encounter.

J&K's Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid has said that there would be no let up in the tough campaign and reiterated that the youth who have taken up the gun have been left with only two options now - either to return to their homes or get killed in the counterinsurgency operations.

Since January the police and the army have killed four top militant commanders having enormous operational capabilities.

The three slain militants were locals belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

A cordon was laid in Avneera village by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and the CRPF following a tip-off on Saturday night.

The official twitter handle of J&K police re-tweeted a statement made by DIG of police CKR in this regard. The sacrifice of Yasin Itoo and his two associates will be remembered for times to come because they stood the ground and allowed his associates to escape safely thus setting a great example of bravery and leading by example he said and added that "it is an irreparable loss". Two army personnel also lost their lives and five others were injured in the encounter.

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Three militants were killed in the operation.

Yatoo is a resident of Chadoora in Budgam district and had joined militancy in 1997 after crossing the POK for arms training.

Itoo, often called a "vintage militant" as he joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 1996, had surrendered in 2007 and later released on parole in 2014. The 41-year-old militant had appeared in several videos posted online in past one year. He said he was also involved in bank robbery case of PS Yaripora.

He said Irfan-ul-Haq was involved in many cases including grenade attacks and firing on security personnel.

Officials say that during the gunfight, four houses were damaged.

After the encounter, clashes erupted in Zainapora and other areas in Shopian.

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