New Delhi: Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in Kokernag area of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police chief K Rajendra confirmed. Three other militants were also killed along with Burhan.
Two terrorists killed have been identified as Burhan Wani and Sartaj Ahmed Sheikh. The third terrorist's identity is being ascertained.
The Anantnag Encounter, that lead to killing of Burhan Wani, was a joint operation by J&K Police & 19 RR.
3 terrorists killed in an encounter with security personnel in Anantnag, J&K (Visuals deferred by unspecified time) pic.twitter.com/yzb8dakK71
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Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Asiya Andrabi have called for a complete shutdown on Saturday against the killing of Burhan Wani.
Last month, Wani released a video warning of attacks on separate colonies for Sainiks and Kashmiri Pandits if they are set up in the Valley.
The major part of the video message, however, was directed at the Jammu and Kashmir Police warning them of more attacks.
Burhan joined the militant outfit in 2010 after his brother was assaulted by the army.
The 22-year-old recently featured in another video that was circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, asking youth to join Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
Burhan was from a wealthy family in Tral in the southern part of Kashmir and his father was a school principal.
The Government of India had announced Rs 1 million bounty for finding Burhan.