Indian troops kill top militant commander, associate in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

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Indian troops kill top militant commander, associate in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

An accomplice of Ismail's in the July 10 terror attack too was killed in the brief encounter.

As such the joint team of forces intensified the searches, the militants hiding in the area opened fire resultes into an encounter.

Indian security forces said on Thursday that they had killed one of the most wanted militants in the Kashmir Valley, a man they said was responsible for a recent attack on pilgrims who were visiting a religious shrine.

He said besides being mastermind of Amarnath yatra attack, Ismail was involved in many militant attacks on security forces.

Vaid had then said that the investigation in the Amarnath Yatra attack has revealed that it was carried out by Ismail.

"The special thing about this operation is that it was based on wishes of people". An associate of his was also killed in the encounter. "We accordingly acted and killed both in a brief encounter in cooperation with army and CRPF", he said.

In the same press conference, the army forces said that with Ismail's death, there would now be a vacuum in the LeT leadership.

Meanwhile, 4G internet service have been blocked in Srinagar. The other slain terrorist has been identified as Chota Qasim.

The July attack was the worst in the divided Himalayan region since 2000, when gunmen fired on a group of Hindu pilgrims and killed 32 people including two police officers.

The IG Kashmir said that the main focus of the forces will be to kill the militant leadership in Kashmir. "He was involved in 15 such terror attacks", he added, while speaking to a media briefing", he said, while congratulating the troops for a job well done. He took over after the killing of Abu Dujana.

"It was an exceptionally concise and fresh experience", said Munir Khan, the Kashmir police boss.

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