Another win for forces: Top LeT terrorist Waseem Shah eliminated

Another win for forces: Top LeT terrorist Waseem Shah eliminated

Earlier in the morning, two local militants, including a commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba, were killed in a gunfight in Pulwama district.

"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.

IG Khan said that Shah and one of his close aides were killed during a joint operation launched by the J&K Police, Army and the CRPF after specific info was received about there presence in the Litter village in Pulwama.

"Waseem was one of the notorious militants operating in South Kashmir". The multi-storey house suffered extensive damage during the encounter.

The two LeT men have been identified as Waseem Shah and Hafiz Nisar.

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Shah, who was needed in different related cases of terrorism, was massacred alongside Nisar, another neighbourhood kid who had joined the terrorist group in May 2017.

A police spokesman while confirming killing of civilian said he lost life in cross firing.

Shah, a resident of Heff-Shrimal in Shopian, had joined militancy in 2014.

Shah was reportedly a category A++ terrorist.

Born in a middle class family of Gul Mohammed Shah, who ran a fruit business, Shah was a college dropout and an active supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group since his school days when he had doubled up as a courier boy for the outfit, police said.

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The police claimed that Shah was the main architect of 2016 unrest in south Kashmir and carried a cash reward of Rs 1 million on his head. However, Rising Kashmir could not verify the reports about the killing of Waseem.

Shah, also known by his alias Usama, according to police records, was a category A++ militant, while Mir was a category-C militant.

Four rounds of funeral prayers were held for him to accommodate the thousands of mourners.

As news of the militants' death spread, people from adjoining villages gathered in large numbers and pelted stones at security forces.

Clashes erupted in Chillipora after angry youth hurled rocks at the recently-established army camp.

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