Tral Encounter: Top Hizbul Commander Sabzar Bhat Gunned Down

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Srinagar: Forces have shot down Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, in an encounter in Pulwama’s Tral that has been going on since Friday.  At least three militants are believed to be trapped in the area under barrage of heavy fire from the Indian security forces.

The encounter has been going on since Friday night after Hizbul terrorists ambushed an Army patrol party of 42 Rashtriya Rifles at Saimooh village in Tral around 9pm. According to reports, Sabzar made a final phone call to his family members when he got injured and asked for forgiveness.

He said, “Forgive me if I’m wrong. We have been cordoned.” Sabzar Ahmad Bhat is widely believed to have succeeded Burhan Wani, whose killing last year sparked months-long unrest and violence in Kashmir.

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