Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani in Hizbul Mujahideen was killed by the Indian Army on Saturday morning, according to multiple TV reports. Bhat was one of eight militants killed in two separate encounters that took place in Kashmir’s Rampur and Tral regions. In Pulwama district’s Tral sector two terrorists were reportedly killed while in six others were killed in Rampur after the army stopped an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control or LoC.
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Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Soimoh village of Tral, 36 kms from Srinagar, following information about the presence of some top Hizbul Mujahideen militants in the area, a police official told PTI while adding that the security forces were closing on the house where the militants were hiding and the ultras opened fire.
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Tral is very close to Uri where on Friday, Indian Army neutralised two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) terrorists. The defence experts praised this move and said it will break the myth of the supremacy of the Pakistani BAT. Defence Expert P. K. Sehgal said Pakistan has recently deployed BAT all along the border to scare the Indian Army but the reverse has taken place. “The so called myth of the supremacy of the Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) stands demolished for all times to come. With the change of strategy of the Indian side (wherein we will be on the offensive, we will dominate the Line of Control (LoC)), this is the first time when the BAT tried to ambush the Indian Army patrol and the result is there for all to see,” Sehgal told ANI. Meanwhile, another expert SR Sinho also praised the move.