A police official said acting on input about the presence of a top Lashkar commander and a Pakistani militant, a joint operation was launched in Shalimar area outside Srinagar.
These incidents gain importance after some reports about Jaish leaders meeting Taliban heads in Kandahar in the third week of August, in which they sought support in 'India-centric operations'.
A police official said a joint contingent of police, CRPF and army laid siege to Pethseer area at Sopore in Baramulla district last evening after receiving inputs about the presence of terrorists.
Talking to media, IGP-Kashmir Vijay Kumar said acting on input, 10 policemen in civvies went to Aloochi Bagh area of Srinagar.
A police spokesperson said the security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Warpora area of Sopore, following specific information about the presence of ultras there.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that they were providing shelter, logistics, and other material support to terrorists of LeT.
"They were given an opportunity to surrender. However, they turned down the offer and fired on troops," said a police spokesman
Militants fired from automatic rifles towards the Municipal Council Office, where the meeting of the councilors and chairperson of Sopore municipal council was being held in the afternoon.
Umer Ganai, whose Lal Chowk photo recently went viral, was among those killed in the encounter.
The government of Pakistan appears to be making an effort of mainstreaming terror organisations politically in the hope of reining in their militant activities, the editorial said.
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Majid, an ace footballer from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, joined LeT last week and his picture with an AK-47 rifle and an ammunition pouch had gone viral on social media last Friday.
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