Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana was killed on Tuesday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.
Arif Lalihaari ,a local militant was also killed in the gunfight that took place in Hakripora village.
State police chief S.P.Vaid said he would provide the more details after getting their bodies.
Acting on specific information about the presence of Dujana and Lalihaari, the forces surrounded the village at about 3 a.m. upon which they were fired at, according to security officials.
“The operation is ongoing,” the officials said, adding: “The process of recovering the bodies have started.”
Two houses in village were destroyed in the gun fight but no casualties were reported.
Dujana was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civilians and carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh.
He was the most wanted militant commander in the state.
The speed of Internet services in other parts of the Valley have been significantly reduced following the killing of the two militants.
Dujana’s killing in the encounter is said to be the biggest success for the security forces in their anti-militancy operations.