The LeT ‘commander’ identified as Mehmood Bhai, a resident of Pakistan, was killed when security forces launched an anti-militancy operation in Tarzoo village in Sopore, some 55 kms from here, the spokesman said.

A militant was also captured during the operation and handed over to police, he said.

The operation was suspended for the night but security forces maintained the cordon to prevent the militants from escaping.

Mehmood Bhai tried to break the cordon at around 2 am and was killed in the ensuing gunbattle, the spokesman said.

Two jawans suffered wounds but their condition was stable, the spokesman said

The killing of the LeT commander came close on the heels of two successful anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir last week.

Three top Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in Tral area in Pulwama district on June 19 while a Pakistani ‘commander’ of LeT was arrested in Kulgam district the following day.

(Agencies)

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