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Shah was considered to be an architect of last year’s unrest in South Kashmir and was wanted in number of terror-related cases

Top Lashakar-e-Taiba commander, Waseem Shah, along with his accomplice, was killed by the security forces in an encounter in Litter in Pulwama in South Kashmir early Saturday.

The second terrorist was identified as Nisar Ahmed, police said.

Shah, 23 also known as ‘Abu Osama Bhai’, hailed from Heff village in Shopian. He was a category A++ militant who had joined LeT in March 2014. Ahmad was resident of Litter village and had joined the militancy in may this year.

Sources said the militants were holed up inside a home in a village and opened fire on security forces after they launched search and cordon operation.

Shah along with his accomplice tried to flee, but could not break the cordon laid by the joint team of CRPF and Army, sources said.

“Shah was a dreaded militant involved in a number of attacks,’’ Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Muneer Khan told journalists.

He was considered to be the architect of the unrest last year in South Kashmir and was wanted in number of terror attacks.

Shah carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh and was active in recruitment of fresh cadres for the terrorist outfits, police said.

As news about the encounter spread in the area, announcements were made through mosque public address systems asking people to come out and stage protests.

Protesters from the village and adjacent areas gathered in large numbers, pelting stones at the security forces and shouting pro-Islam slogans.

Waseem Shah is the second high profile militant after Khalid, the Jaish-e- Muhammad’s Kashmir commander-in- chief who was killed in an encounter in Baramulla on October 9. Khalid was also among the top five militants in category A++, responsible for the attack on BSF camp near Srinagar airport, that killed one BSF jawan.

On October 11, two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora. Two garuda commandoes of the Indian Air force had attained martyrdom in the encounter. The militants were identified as Ali alias Abu Maaz, a Pakistani militant, and Nasrullah Mir, a local militant.

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