NEW DELHI: Security forces on Saturday killed Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sabzar Ahmad, who was said to be the slain separatist Burhan Wani’s successor.
Ahmad, alias Abu Zarar, was killed in an encounter in Tral in Pulwama, after he was trapped inside a house in a cordon created by security forces. Two other terrorists, one of them a Pakistani, were trapped with him. There are no details on them
Both the security forces and the terrorists had been exchanging heavy fire since Saturday morning.
Sources told TOI that Ahmad recently visited Srinagar, very likely to meet Hurriyat leaders, to attempt to strike a truce with them following their spat with erstwhile Hizb leader Zakir Musa. Sources said Sabzar and Musa were rivals.