Ansar “wiped out again”, claims J-K police chief

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Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh claimed that militant group Ansar Gazwat Ul Hind (AGH) has been “fully wiped out once again” after the killing of seven Islamist militants in Shopian and Pulwama districts.

It’s for the second time in last two years that police chief has claimed to have wiped out Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group that has an adherence to Al Qaeda.

On Thursday, in the Shopian gunfight, three militants were killed of AGH outfit and the operation was suspended due to the darkness. After the resumption today morning, two more militants were been killed taking the toll to five.

In another gunfight in Tral, the police and army killed two militants in a brief gunfight. The police chief told a wire agency that Imitiyaz Shah, the chief of AGH, was killed in the gunfight.

“Five terrorists in first and two in second operation neutralised. Both the terrorist groups are from the same outfit. 7 AK and 2 pistols recovered,” DGP told CNN-News18.

He added: “With these two encounters and elimination of 7 terrorists The terrorist group AGH (Ansar Gazwat Ul Hind) fully wiped out once again.”

On 24 May 2019, Zakir Musa, the first commander of the militant outfit, was killed in an hours-long gunfight in south Kashmir’s Tral. His successor, Hamid Lelhari, who joined ranks in 2016, was killed too, along with his two associates, on 24 October 2019.

After Lelhari’s killing in October 2019, Dilbag Singh, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir Police, had said: “AGH group has been wiped out for now. But then they have overground workers network from whom some people emerge to become terrorists.”

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