Top Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Tariq Malvi and Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Lateef Tiger were killed in an encounter with security personnel in South Kashmir's Shopian district. An official confirmation of it is awaited.
In a major victory for the security forces, Lateef Tiger, one of the surviving members of the 12 militants who showed up in a viral photo with Burhan Wani, was killed.
Tiger was believed to be the last member at large of the 'Burhan Wani squad' after Wani's aide Tariq Pandit was arrested in 2016. After Pandit's arrest, Tiger was the lone member of the Wani squad who remained at large.
Tiger was gunned down in Adkhara village of Imam Sahib area, 11 out of 12 members of the Burhan brigade stand eliminated. Security forces launched a search and cordon operation led jointly by 34 RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) in the Imam Sahib area of Shopian district in the morning. A gun battle ensued after contact was established with militants holed up in the area.
Wani’s encounter on July 8, 2016, sparked massive outrage and protests. The 23-year-old Hizbul commander was killed in an encounter with the security forces in the Kokernag area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
In the clashes after Wani's death, as many as 85 people were killed and over 1,000 others were injured in the clashes between the security forces and protestors. This led to major curfews as well as shutdowns in the Kashmir valley for a period of over four months. Shopian comes under Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency where polling is due on May 6.