Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist shot dead in Kashmir

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Burhan Muzaffar Wani – shot dead in encounter

Kashmiri terrorist Burhan Wani, (born 1994) was killed in an an encounter on July 8, along with two other fighters later identified as Sartaj Ahmad Sheikh and Pervaiz Ahmad Lashkari. Burhan had a Rs. 10 lakh (C$20,000) bounty on his head – dead or alive.

He and his accomplices were killed in Bundoora village of Kokernag in the Kashmir Valley by a joint team after being cornered by Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and 19 Rashtriya Rifles.

During the operation, the security forces faced resistance from some local sympathizers of Wani who resorted to stone-pelting. The encounter began at 4:30 p.m. and ended at 6:15 p.m. The militants were hiding in a house during the operation and started firing on the troops conducting search operations. All three were killed in the ensuing encounter.

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Burhan was born in Dadsara village of Tral area of Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir to Muzafar Ahmad Wani, a principal of a higher secondary school. He ran away from his home on 16 October 2010 and joined separatist militant groups at the age of 15.

Wani – in one of his social media posts. He apparently used to boast that he had the style which appealed to the hearts of young girls, according to media reports.

He was made a member of the Hizbul Mujahideen in 2011 due to his popularity on social media. His elder brother Khalid Muzaffar Wani was killed by the Indian Army on April 13, 2015 when he had gone along with three friends to meet his brother.

The army said that Khalid was a militant sympathizer who had taken his friends to get them recruited and was killed in an encounter by the security forces.  His father and residents of his home village rejected that he was a militant, claiming that his body didn’t bear any bullet wounds and he was tortured because he was the brother of a militant.

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Burhanwas known for posting videos on social media which found some appeal among the younger Muslim population of Kashmir. In one of his videos he appealed youth to join Hizbul Mujahideen and is considered to have recruited at least 30 youngsters from South Kashmir.

In a video released in June 2016, he  threatened to attack the Sainik colonies, proposed to be set up by the Government because of his belief that it was an attempt to change the demography of the valley. He also opposed separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits saying that they can come live on their own land but an “Israel-like” situation won’t be allowed in Kashmir. He threatened that more attacks will take place against “men in uniform” and also warned the police of the state to stay out of their way. – CINEWS/Wiki.

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