Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Waseem Shah, believed to be the main architect of unrest past year in south Kashmir, was killed along with his accomplice in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district. They have been identified as Wasim Shah and Hafiz Nisar. "The area was cordoned off and a search operation was launched", Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. Of the 12, seven have been killed in security force operations in last three months.
The security forces had to fire at the violent crowd that had assembled following the call from the mosque. While Mir, native of Pulwama's Litter village, was a category C terrorist.
An AK-47, an AK-56 and six AK magazines were recovered from the site.
Protesters from the village and adjacent areas gathered in large numbers pelting stones at the forces and shouting anti-India slogans.
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Irked by the protest, the Indian troops opened firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters leaving many people injured.
Shah, who was wanted in various terror-related cases, was killed along with Naseer, another local boy who had joined militancy in May this year. One of the deceased has been identified as Gulzar Ahmad Mir, who was rushed to the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries.
Talking to reporters, J&K Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said, "Shah's killing is a big success for the security forces as he was recruiting cadres for the LeT".
Meanwhile, militants hurled a grenade at a paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party in Safa Kadal area of the old city in Srinagar on Saturday which failed to explode.