Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat killed in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama district by Army on Saturday, according to a report by news agency PTI. The news was confirmed by Director General of Police S P Vaid who told PTI that Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat is among the militants killed in the encounter in Soimoh area of Tral this morning. The agency also reported that stone-pelting protests started in the valley soon after the news broke out. As per a report by Republic TV, so far three militants have been gunned down. A police official told the agency that encounter started when militants opened fire on an army patrol in Tral area last night.
Here are live updates:
5:00 PM: “Relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pakistan-sponsored agents to spread terror in the state in the run up to the holy month of Ramzan,” the defence spokesman of the Northern Command said.
4:00 PM: According to a report by ANI, Army has confirmed that in last 24 hours, as many as 10 armed terrorists have been killed. “Ops by security forces hv defeated attempts by Pak & Pak sponsored agents to spread terror in J&K in run up to the holy month of Ramzan,” it was quoted saying by ANI.
2:40 PM: PTI has reported spontaneous shut down in many parts of Kashmir Valley following violent protests in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat.
2:00 PM: According to a report by news agency AP, clashes have erupted between protesters and government forces in different places in the area, with police and paramilitary soldiers firing shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop the protests. However, J&K DGP told CNN News 18 that situation is under control.
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1:38 PM: According to a report by Republic TV internet services have been blocked in Kashmir following the protests. This decision has been taken in less than 24 hours since the social media sites and applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter were restored in Kashmir Valley.
1:20 PM: The Tral operation is a coordinated effort of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Special Operation Group (SOG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
1:15 PM: The killing has been confirmed by the Jammu and Kashmir police through its Twitter handle:
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1:00 PM: Stone pelting incidents have been reported in some parts of south Kashmir including Tral in Pulwama and Khanabal in Anamtnag district, an official was quoted saying by PTI. He said the law enforcing agencies are on the job to chase away the protestors.
Hizbul Commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat killed in Tral encounter pic.twitter.com/1AM86iHr6d
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12:50 PM: Burhan Wani was killed last year on May 8 in South Kashmir which was followed by widespread protests and violence in the valley for months.