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Al-Badr boss killed in Sopore shooting: IGP Kashmir | India News


SRINAGAR: The head of the Al-Badr terror group, Gani Khawaja, was killed in an encounter Tuesday night at Tujjar Shareef in Sopore, in the Baramulla district of northern Kashmir, said Vijay Kumar, IGP-Kashmir Range, calling it a “a great success”.
According to police sources, incriminating materials, including weapons and ammunition, were recovered at the meeting place. There is a search operation activated.
Khawaja, who belonged to the Kralgund area of ​​the Kupwara district, was one of the “most wanted” terrorists in the Kashmir Valley. He was previously with Hizbul Mujahedeen.
Khawaja, according to police records, was involved in various terrorist crimes, including attacks on security forces and atrocities against civilians, as well as being the main recruiter of young people in the ranks of terrorist groups. Dozens of cases have been registered against him in northern Kashmir. They include a grenade explosion on October 28, 2019 at the Sopore bus stop, in which 19 civilians were injured; Rifle grenade attack at the Warpora police post on March 21, 2019 in which two staff members were injured; attack on a naka party of the police and CRPF in the Bismillah colony in Sopore, in which four CRPF men were seriously injured and one of them, while being transferred to hospital, succumbed to the wounds; and attack on another CRPF naka party on April 18, 2020 in Noorbagh in Sopore in which three staff members were killed.
He killed a civilian in Sopore on June 6, 2020 and was involved in an attack on a police group in Warpora Chowk on March 4, 2020, in which an SPO and a civilian were killed.
Khawaja was also involved in supplying arms and ammunition to his terrorist associates.
The IGP said the operation was launched after police received specific information about Khawaja earlier in the day. A joint police-army team launched a cordon and search operation in Tujjar. As the forces approached the target location, a residential house, the hidden terrorists began firing at security personnel, sparking a shootout.
According to official sources, the security forces are still locked in a shootout with another terrorist who was also hiding in the same hideout.
Khawaja, according to police records, had no education and had joined the militancy in January 2018. He was involved in nearly a dozen terrorist attacks across the valley. He was also involved in several stoning incidents. It had been operating in the Langate, Handwara, Bandipora and Kupwara areas in northern Kashmir.
SSP-Sopore, Javaid Iqbal said the meeting was canceled and a search operation was launched, which confirmed that only one terrorist was hiding in the house.

Times of India