New Delhi: Burhan Wani, the 22-year-old top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed today evening in a police encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, police officials said.
The poster boy of the militant outfit, Wani was killed along with two other militants, a police officer said.
After the intelligence agencies received information about the militants hiding in Bundoora village in Kokernag, the police and Army launched a joint operation, in which three militants were shot dead.
Born to a wealthy family in Tral in the southern part of Kashmir and one of the most prominent faces of the militant outfit, Wani is believed to have inspired several youngsters into joining the outlawed group.
He joined the deadly terror group at 15 after his brother was allegedly assaulted by the army in 2010.