Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police chief on Saturday hailed the security forces for killing terrorist Wasim Shah who belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in a fierce encounter in a village in the Pulwama district.
Police identified the slain civilian as 25-year-old old Gulzar Ahmad Mir from Lassipora village in Pulwama, 30km from the main city of Srinagar in the disputed region.
The sources said the attack seems to have been carried out in retaliation after the death of Lashkar commander Shah in an operation in Litter village of south Kashmir's Pulwama district. The area has been cordoned-off and search operation is on. Of the 12, seven have been killed in security force operations in last three months.
Khan said after plugging off all possible routes, security personnel zeroed in on a house, where the militants were hiding.
A college dropout, Waseem Shah, was a resident of Heff-Shrimal in Shopian district. He had joined ranks in March 2014.
The IGP said another militant killed in gunfight Nisar had joined militancy early this year.
The security forces had to fire at the violent crowd that had assembled following the call from the mosque. Four injured persons were taken to a local hospital for treatment and another injured is admitted to a Srinagar hospital, the eyewitnesses claimed.
As the clashes are continued in the district, the authorities have suspended mobile and internet services to prevent people from sharing information. He had been involved in various attacks on security forces in south Kashmir, police said.