Indian security forces have gunned down 2 LeT terrorists in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning. One of the two slain terrorists was top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Waseem Shah. Another terrorist has been identified as Nisar Mir. Waseem Shah is a native of Heff-Shirmal area of Shopian & featured in the Indian Army’s most wanted list of terrorists. Also known as Abu Osama Bhai, Shah was a category A++ militant who joined the LeT in March 2014. Waseem Shah, is believed to have been the main architect of the unrest last year in south Kashmir. Shah had a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head and was recruiting fresh cadres for the militant outfit. The police had been eyeing his movements closely. Nisar, on the other hand, had joined militancy in May this year.
“Shah was a dreaded militant involved in a number of attacks,’’ Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Muneer Khan told HT.
Pulwama is considered as safe haven for militants and this encounter is the first counter-insurgency operation in Litter area in the past four years.
“Security forces launched an operation in Litter area of Pulwama this morning after receiving information about the presence of the militants in the area. The militants opened fire on security forces which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel,” a police official told ANI.As the security personnel closed in on their hide-out, the militants opened fire triggering the gunfight. The encounter lead to protests which left 1 civilian died and at least twenty protesters were injured in the clashes.