Al-Badr chief killed in Sopore encounter: Kashmir IGP

While addressing a press conference in Srinagar on March 10, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar spoke on Sopore encounter which took place on March 09. IGP Kumar said, "We have received information that 2 terrorists managed to escape while cordon was being laid. Ganie Khwaja went for training to Pakistan in 2000 and returned to India in 2002. He was active for 5 years in Baramulla, North Kashmir. He was arrested by police in 2007 and was jailed." "He was released in 2008. From 2008-December 2017 he worked as an overground worker for militants. In January 2018, he became active again. After August 2019, he left HM and became chief of Al-Badr," he added.