Indian troops kill three militants & top commander in Kashmir operation

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In occupied valley of Kashmir, chief commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Naikoo was martyred along with his associate Aadil Ahmed during a cordon-and-search operation by Indian troops in Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Three CRPF men were among the four persons killed after terrorists attacked a CRPF party at Handwara in north Kashmir on Monday.

Naikoo was killed in an encounter with security forces in his home village in Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday.

He said after the encounter there was law and order situation at the site. "One of the militants tried to escape; he came out of the house and started firing", the source said. "Senior officers are monitoring it since last night", he said.

Naikoo, who was also a tech savvy, kept himself away from the limelight and allowed slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani to take the centre stage after 2014.

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He said that police were searching for slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo for the past 6 months. He further said that anti-terror operations will be increased and there will be no slow down on them.

In 2018, Naikoo-led Hizb militants kidnapped 11 family members of policemen prompting the police to release his father Asadullah Naikoo from their custody. Dozens of people were injured in clashes with security forces.

Amidst intense encounter with militants, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir had banned all mobile internet services across the valley. He has been eliminated by security forces in Awantipora district where an encounter took place this morning.

Following the operation, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan posted messages on his official Twitter account saying that "indigenous Kashmiri resistance against Indian occupation is a direct outcome of India's oppression and brutalization of Kashmiris." . Most Kashmiris support the rebel goal of uniting the territory, either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country, while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. He had also asked for the repatriation of Pandits to Kashmir, assuring them safety and saying that the militants were not against them.

The former mathematics teacher at a private school was one of the close aides of the popular Hizb commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, who was killed in Bumdoora village in Kokernag area of south Kashmir on 8 July 2016.

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