Burhan Wani’s successor and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, along with his aides Faizan and an unidentified third militant, was killed in a military operation in Saimoo village (Tral area, Pulwana district, South Kashmir) on Saturday morning. Six more militants were killed in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district in another military operation at the LOC in Rampur sector.
Sabzar and his aides were killed following an operation by the military forces when the militants fired at the army patrol and fled the spot on Friday night. Entry and exit points were sealed thereafter and the militants were killed in a gunfight on Saturday morning. Violent protests broke out in several areas after Sabzar was killed. Sabzar, unlike his mentor Burhan, hailed from a poor family from Rathsuna village. He, along with Zakir Musa, was said to be a close aide of Burhan Wani, who was gunned down on July 8 this year in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.