PhD student who turned terrorist killed in J&K

SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri youth, Manan Bashir Wani , who quit his PhD programme at Aligarh Muslim University earlier this year to join the terror group Hizbul Mujahedeen , was killed along with one of his aides, in a gun-battle in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Thursday. Both the terrorists, Manan Bashir Wani and Ashiq Hussain Zargar, were killed in the operation, a police officer said. Manan, 26, was a PhD scholar in geology at AMU and came from a well-off family of Tekipora in Lolab. Manan had taken official leave from the university in January and instead of going home he joined Hizbul, which was confirmed when his picture with a rifle went viral on social media on January 5. He was the first Kashmiri PhD student at AMU to join a terror group.

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