In a major breakthrough, Harun Hafaz, district commander of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, was gunned down during an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district. The Indian Army confirmed the news of Hafaz’s death. The encounter broke out between defence forces and terrorists after forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area. Jammu & Kashmir: 19 Civilians Killed by Terrorists Since Article 370 Repeal on August 5, Says MHA.
Hafaz was killed days after three terrorists were neutralised in Tral area of Pulwama district on January 12. The terrorists killed in Tral encounter were identified as Umar Fayaz Lone (Hizbul Mujahideen), Adil Bashir Mir (Hizbul Mujahideen) and Faizan Hameed Bhat (Jaish-e-Mohammed).