Security forces on Saturday killed Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sabzar Ahmad, who was said to be the slain separatist Burhan Wani’s successor.
Ahmad, alias Abu Zarar, was killed in an encounter in Tral in Pulwama, after he was trapped inside a house in a cordon created by security forces. Two other terrorists, one of them a Pakistani, were trapped with him. There are no details on them
Based on specific inputs by military intelligence, the 42 Rashtriya Rifles and the Jammu and Kashmir police launched cordon and search operations in Saimuh near Hardumir, Tral in Pulwama district at around 7:30 pm on Friday. The security forces were then fired upon while placing the cordon at around 9:15pm. Since Saturday morning, security forces and the terrorists had been exchanging heavy fire.
Search operations are still underway as of Saturday afternoon.
According to sources Ahmad recently visited Srinagar, very likely to meet Hurriyat leaders, to attempt to strike a truce with them following their spat with erstwhile Hizb leader Zakir Musa. Sources said Sabzar and Musa were rivals.
After Wani was killed last July, it was Musa who succeeded him as Hizb’s top man. Musa however quit the terrorist outfit May 13, after the Hizb refused to back his statement warning that separatist leaders would be beheaded for calling the Kashmir issue “political”.