Several parts of the Kashmir valley were on the boil on Saturday after security forces inflicted heavy damage on militants, killing eight of them, including Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, who had succeeded Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani following his killing last July. IMAGE: Army personnel take position in a nearby house during an encounter with terrorists at Soimoh village of Tral in Pulwama. Photograph: S Irfan/PTI Photo In a major success for the security forces, Bhat was gunned down along with another terrorist, at Soimoh village in Tral of Pulwama district, about 36 kilometre from Srinagar, during a cordon and search operation following specific information about the presence of terrorists there. The state's police chief S P Vaid said Bhat was among the two terrorists killed in the encounter. They were holed up inside a house and opened fire at security personnel as they closed in on their hideout. The two were killed in retaliatory fire. The army also foiled a major infiltration bid from across the Line of Control in Rampur sector, killing six terrorists. There was a fierce exchange of fire after the troops noticed some "suspicious movement" in the early hours. On being challenged, the terrorists opened fire, and in the encounter that… Read full this story
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