The Pulwama attack in February last year may have established the firm resurgence of the Jaish-e-Mohammad as the most lethal terror outfit in the valley. In the months that followed, the dormant Hizbul Mujahideen caught up and has now started breathing new life into its armed cadre.
The Indian Army on Wednesday gunned down the Hizbul Mujahideen’s district commander Harun Hafaz, in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district. While Hafaz was wanted for several terror incidents including killing of political activists, his elimination was unlikely to stall the Hizbul’s growth, forces said.
“The last lethal commander was Burhan Wani, who was eliminated in 2016. Since then they’ve had a series of commanders who have all been eliminated by the forces.