Two militants killed in Khrew gunfight were close associates of Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo, say police

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said that the two militants killed in a gunfight with armed forces in Khrew area of Awantipora were close associates of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo.

Adnan Ahmad Lone alias Uqaab, son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone resident of Braw Bandina, Awantipora and Adil Bilal Bhat alias Umair Al Hizbi son of Bilal Ahmad Bhat resident of Malangpora, Pulwama were killed in a gunfight in Khrew earlier today.

“As per police records, Adnan Lone was known as district commander of Pulwama for HM,” said a police spokesman.

Both the militants were involved in a series of attacks on “security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“Adnan Lone as per police records was one of the top commanders of HM  and had a long history of crime records since 2015. He was a close associate of commander Reyaz Naikoo and  had escaped from encounter site at Srinagar earlier,” said the spokesman.

Another slain militant, Adil Bhat, was also a close associate of Reyaz Naikoo. “…he also figured in killing of HC Ashiq Hussain at Awantipora in October 2017.”

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