Top Hizb Commander Ashraf Molvi among three militants killed in Pahalgam Gunfight: IGP Kashmir

Says Ashraf Molvi was longest surviving Hizb commander, active since 2013 and was among ‘Top 10 Most wanted’ list

Longest surviving Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Ashraf Molvi was killed along with two other militants in woods of Batkoot area of Pahalgam in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar while confirming to GNS that Ashraf Molvi along with two other militants have been killed in Pahalgam.

Mohd Ashraf Khan alias Ashraf Molvi a resident of Tengpawa Kokernag had joined Hizb in 2013 and soon became most wanted militant in the valley. He was instrumental in recruiting locals into the oufit, the top cop said.

Earlier, a joint team of Police and 19RR of Army launched a cordon and search operation in the Batkoot forest.

As the joint team of Police intensified their search towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the search party, leading to an encounter.(GNS)