"Top Hizbul Militant shot dead in J & K's Kupwara"
A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, police said.
"One of the oldest & top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen #terror outfit Mehrazuddin Halwai @ Ubaid got neutralised in Handwara encounter. He was involved in several terror attacks. It is a big success," Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said in a tweet.
Security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Pazipora-Renan in the Handwara area of the district on Wednesday morning following information about the presence of militants there via intelligence sources, the police said.
The operation turned into an encounter after the security forces were fired upon by the terrorists.
Halwai was killed in retaliatory action by the security personnel in encounter , the police added.