J&K: Hizbul Mujahideen commander Yasin Yatoo killed in Shopian encounter

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

Militants fired at the approaching security personnel, wounding five Army personnel, two of whom later died. Police also said that the Itoo and two others were involved in a number of anti-national and militancy-related activities.

Yatoo was one of the longest serving militants in the Valley.

A police official told Rising Kashmir that: "Hizb operational commander Yasin Yatoo was among the three militants who were killed during the gunfight at Awneera in Shopian". A dozen stone-pelting protesters were injured in clashes with security forces in the area. Itoo was held responsible for instigating the violence in the Valley after the killing of militant Burhan Wani previous year.

"One of the terrorists killed today morning at Shopian is identified as Yasin Itoo; operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen".

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The operation to eliminate the terrorists began on Saturday, after the agencies received information about their hiding in Awnira village. During the operations, 2 Army jawans were martyred and 3 jawans were injured. Two of them later succumbed to injuries.

On Saturday afternoon, the Army, police and CRPF had launched the operation in Awneera hamlet, around 15 km from Shopian town, after receiving inputs about the presence of militants.

In another incident, three security personnel, including two policemen and an army soldier, sustained injuries when militants fired at a cordon laying party in Hajin area of Bandipora district on Sunday. In wake of the encounter, authorities have blocked internet services in Shopian district and other sensitive parts of south Kashmir. A cordon was laid to ensure Itoo has no escape plan. Ilayaraja was from Kandani village of Sivagangai district in Tamil Nadu and is survived by his parents, wife and sister, defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

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