A top militant and his associate belonging to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in a five-hour long gunfight in the border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.
The police, Army and CRPF laid siege to Malikhpora Villgam village on Monday morning, after receiving a tip off.
“After laying siege, the security men zeroed-in on a house where two militants were hiding. Later, the militants opened fire on the search party,” he said.
The police officer said in the gunfight, two LeT militants were killed and an Army Major identified as Sandeep Kotwal of 6 Rashtria Rifles was injured.
The injured Army officer was admitted to an Army hospital. An Army spokesman here identified the deceased militants as Abu Huraira and Abu Talaha, both Pakistani nationals.
“Abu Huraira was Lashkar Divisional Commander and was involved in many militant related activities,” he said. He added that AK 47 guns, magazines and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the encounter site,” he said.
A police official said both the militants had infiltrated into the Valley in 2013.