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‘Targeted action against 10 top militants in J-K soon’

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New Delhi, Jun 04 (PTI) Security agencies have prepared a list of 10 “most wanted” militants in Jammu and Kashmir, that includes top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, against whom “targeted operations” will soon be launched, officials said Tuesday.

The list was prepared following inputs from intelligence agencies, paramilitary forces, the Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Naikoo, the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) in the Valley, tops the list “as he has been involved in a series of subversive activities leading to casualties among security personnel and civilians,” a security official said.

The wanted militants include Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) Shopian district commander Wasim Ahmed alias Osama, Hizbul Mujahideen’s Anantnag district commander Mohammad Ashraf Khan, outfits Baramulla district commander Mehraj-Ud-Din, Hizb militant in Srinagar Saifullah Mir alias Doctor Saif, and the outfit’s Pulwama district commander Arshaid-ul-Haq, the official said.

“Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief operational commander in the Valley Hafiz Umar, who is a Pakistani national, north Kashmir divisional commander of the Al Badr group Javed Mattoo, Hizb militant Ajaj Ahmed Malik and JeM militant Zahid Sheikh alias Umear Afghani are the other listed militants,” another official said.

“Targeted operations will soon be launched against these 10 militants to eliminate or nab them,” the official added.

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