In Pics: Slain Hizbul militant Yawar was a chronic stone-pelter

New Delhi: A newly recruited local militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was gunned down in an overnight encounter with security forces that also resulted in the death of an unidentified person in the ensuing crossfire in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, security officials said on Friday.

Yawar, who was allegedly a "chronic stone pelter" of the area, had joined the militant outfit in the first week of last month, they said, adding that a Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) looted earlier from a police guard was recovered from him. "On specific input about the presence of three terrorists in Herpora (Kanelwan) area of Anantnag district, an operation was launched by police, Rashtriya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)," a police spokesperson said. "During search operation terrorists fired at the search party resulting in exchange of fire. Around midnight, taking advantage of darkness, two terrorists fired and managed to slip away from the cordon. "The outer party of the army retaliated the firing from fleeing terrorists. Later, it was learnt that a person riding a motorcycle was killed in the cross firing," he said.  "No material leading to identity of the person could be found on him. One terrorist of HM outfit namely Yawar Nissar Shergujri alias Algazi was also killed in the encounter," the police spokesperson said.  One SLR (self-loading rifle), 2 magazines, 40 rounds of ammunition, one Chinese hand grenade and a pouch were recovered from the slain terrorist.  "One solider of Rashtriya Rifles, Rifleman Rohit Kumar also sustained injuries," the spokesperson added.

News24Bureau with Agencies