J&K Police and Army on Friday called the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and his two associates as a "major success for the forces", stating that the operation was successful and has "caused a major dent to militancy" in Kashmir.
"We have killed Burhan Wani along with his two aides in a smooth operation at Kokernag in South Kashmir. His killing is a major success for us and is a major dent in the face of militancy in Kashmir," J&K's Director General of Police, K Rajendra Kumar told Greater Kashmir.
Police sources said the forces had been tracking the movement of Burhan, who was carrying a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head, for long. "Finally, we succeeded in tracking his movement and zeroed in on the house where he, along with two of his associated, was hiding," a police source said. Kashmir's Police chief Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani said Burhan's killing is a "big success" for the forces. "It was a joint operation of police and the army. There has been no casualty on our side," he said.
He said: "We have put all arrangements in place to deal with any sort of law and order problem. Our men will exercise maximum restraint."
Army spokesman in Srinagar, Lt Colonel N N Joshi said: "Burhan has been killed along with two of his aides. It's a major success for us. We had specific input about his presence in the area. Forces cordoned off the area and zeroed in on the house. And in the ensuing encounter, we eliminated Burhan and two other militants."