A suspected militant linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir.
LeT commander Abu Bakr was killed in a six-hour-long gunfight at a residential building where he was hiding.
Sources said that the encounter has ended and security forces are combing the area to look for other militants.
J&K: Arms and ammunition recovered by security forces in Sopore encounter that killed top LeT commander Abu Bakr pic.twitter.com/pyDZCXkTHC— ANI (@ANI_news) December 14, 2016
Sopore encounter #UPDATE: top LeT commander Abu Bakr killed by security forces. Encounter ends— ANI (@ANI_news) December 14, 2016
Earlier in the day, security forces killed another suspected militant in a separate encounter in Anantnag district. Militants opened fire on a patrol party of army at Beewra in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning, a police official said.
He said the army personnel retaliated, triggering a gunbattle.
The militant, identified as Basit Ahmad Dar, was killed in the encounter. Dar had recently joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.