| Srinagar |
Updated: May 19, 2020 3:57:26 pm
A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander and son of a senior separatist leader was among the two militants killed in an overnight gunfight in Srinagar. Junaid Sehrai was killed along with an associate in Old city’s Nawakdal neighbourhood.
Junaid is the second top Hizb commander to be gunned down after its operational Chief Riyaz Naikoo was killed in south Kashmir in the first week of May. Junaid, police say, was looking after the militant outfits operations for central Kashmir.
“In last night’s operation two terrorists were killed. They have been identified as Junaid Ashraf Khan (Junaid Sehrai) from Srinagar and Tariq Ahamd Sheikh from Pulwama,” Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said. “Junaid was Divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and was looking after central Kashmir area. He was wanted in multiple cases,” he added.
This is the first gunfight in Srinagar since October 2018 when two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including a commander Mehraj-ud-din Bangroo, and a civilian were killed.
Junaid, a resident of Baghat Barzulla in Srinagar joined militant…