Forces kill Hezb commander

Associated Press

Srinagar, May 6:

Indian paramilitary soldiers today killed the military commander of Kashmir’s largest militant group, officials said.

Abdul Rashid, the operational commander of Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen, was killed in a raid on a house in a in Srinagar, Border Security Force spokesman Neeraj Sharma said.

Rashid is better known by the name Ghazi Shahab-ud-Din.

The paramilitary force raided the house, setting off a gunbattle in which Rashid was killed, Sharma said. Police said the guerrilla leader was identified from papers and a notebook found on him. Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen is one of over a dozen separatist rebel groups fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India, or its merger with mostly Pakistan.