Srinagar, Oct 9 ————–A top militant of Hizbul Mujahideen has been killed in an ongoing encounter at Kellar area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

A police officer said that a joint team of 43 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search at village Gatipora in Kellar at around 4:00 pm.

Soon after the joint team of forces intensified the searches, the hiding militants opened fire triggering off an encounter, the officer said.

He said that so far a militant commander namely Zahid Mir has been gunned down. Three more militants are believed to be trapped inside the cordoned off area.

When reports last came in the operation was going on. (GNS)

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