TRAL -- The self-styled successor of dead Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in the Tral region of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, said local media reports.
According to reports, Wani's successor, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, was gunned down in an encounter in Saimu Village. However, the Army has not yet confirmed the news.
According to the sources, Sabzar, son of Ghulam Hassan Bhat, was a resident of Ratsona village in Tral. He had taken over the anti-India terror operations of HM after Burhan Wani was killed.
Another HM militant Faizan Muzaffar Bhatt was also killed in the encounter. Faizan, son of Muzaffar Ahmed Bhat, was resident of Payen, Tral.
Acting on specific information of Bhat's presence, Rashtriya Rifles and the Jammu and Kashmir Police had jointly launched a cordon in Saimu village of Tral sector on Saturday morning.
Another militant was neutralized after an encounter that lasted more than one hour.
While placing cordon, a contact was established wherein, a house with 12 rooms was searched.
The entire area has been cordoned off and a major counter-operation is underway.
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