A top Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, Waseem Shah, believed to be the main architect of unrest past year in south Kashmir, was killed along with his accomplice in an encounter early on Saturday morning by the security forces in Pulwama district, police said.
The police said that 31-year-old Shah and his bodyguard Nisar Ahmed Mir were trapped in a private house in Pulwama's Littar area when the security forces including the J&K police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group, the Army's Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation early on Saturday.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred three youth and injured over thirty people, in Litter area of Pulwama district, on Saturday. Police and its unique operation bunch cordoned off the region, which led to finding him, police said. Both the terrorists have been killed without any damage on our side.More news: Google Wallpapers brings Pixel 2 Wallpaper and Three New Categories
Police had been tracking the movements of Shah, called as the "don" of Heff, Shopian district. Mir, a Litter resident, was category C.
Unconfirmed reports also suggest that militant commander Waseem Shah has been killed in the gunfight. "He had joined militant ranks in March 2014 and used to recruit new cadres into LeT", he said.
IGP termed killing of Waseem as a major achievement for security forces and severe jolt to Lashkar. They raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and pelted stones at the Indian forces. Four injured persons were taken to a local hospital for treatment and another injured is admitted to a Srinagar hospital, the eyewitnesses claimed.