Top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Waseem Shah, believed to be the main architect of the unrest previous year in south Kashmir, was killed along with his accomplice by security forces in an encounter early Saturday morning in Pulwama district, police said.
"Waseem Shah was Lashkar's district commander and one of the 'notorious'militants operating in South Kashmir".
A fierce gunfight is underway between militants and the state government forces in Litter area of district Pulwama.
"As the security forces intensified the search operation, the militants hiding in the area opened fire triggering off an encounter in which two local militants were killed", they said.
He had been involved in various attacks on security forces in South Kashmir, police said.
The operation started after the security forces received specific intelligence inputs on the presence of the militants in the village.
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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. His associate Nasir had joined militants only this year.
Reports said that the funeral prayers of Wasim Shah were offered at least five times in Heff village to accommodate the rush of people who were marching from different areas of south Kashmir.
From the slain terrorists, one AK-47 and one AK-56 rifle and six magazines were recovered. Mir, a Litter resident, was category C.
Later, one of the injured identified as 30-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Mir succumbed to injuries in a Srinagar hospital.
After the militant attack, police and army men laid siege around the area to nab the attackers.