Srinagar: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Wasim Shah, believed to be the main architect of the unrest last year in south Kashmir, was gunned down along with his accomplice by security forces in an encounter early this morning in Pulwama district, police said.
Shah, 23, also known as “Abu Osama Bhai and Wasim Lefty” was killed at Litter area in Pulwama.
Jammu and Kashmir police had been tracking the movements of Shah, who is considered as the “don” of Heff, another stronghold of terrorists in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
After information that he was at his hideout at Litter, police and its special operation group team cordoned off the area, according to reports.
Shah along with his bodyguard Nisar Ahmed Mir made an attempt to flee but could not penetrate the cordon which had been strengthened by the presence of the CRPF and Army.
Shah, who was wanted in various terror-related cases, was killed along with Nisar Mir, another local who had joined militancy in May this year.
Of late, Shah, who carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was recruiting fresh cadres for the terrorist outfit.
He had been involved in various attacks on security forces in south Kashmir, police said.