The grenade attack comes days after the Indian Army killed Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander Yasin Itoo and two of his cohorts in a fierce encounter in Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Yasin Itoo alias ‘Ghaznavi’ had succeeded Zakir Musa in the Hizbul Mujahideen ranks after the latter was expelled by outfit chief Syed Salahuddin for his allegiance to al Qaeda.
Musa had succeeded Burhan Wani after his encounter killing in July 2016. After Musa’s “expulsion”, Sabzar Bhatt briefly led the Hizbul pack until his killing, after which Yasin became the operational commander.
Riyaz Naikoo is believed to be the other top Hizb commander which the Indian Army is now looking at.