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At the point when the security powers officers touched base at the house, Abu Ismail opened fire and after that attempted to escape.

The gunfight between militants and a contingent of police and army broke out at village Aarigam-Nowgam in the outskirts of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The Amarnath attack had left eight people dead and injured at least 18 on July 10.

Indian security forces said on Thursday that they had killed a standout amongst the most needed aggressors in the Kashmir Valley, a man they said was in charge of a current assault on travelers who were going by a religious holy place.

"Since the attack on the yatra on July 10, these killers have been our targets".

Earlier in the day, two overground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist outfit were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said. "He remained under radar and finally after two months of hardwork, we managed to kill him today". "During the searches, the militants were fired upon and killed", said a senior police official.

Ismail had taken over as Lashkar's Kashmir chief after killing of Abu Dujana in August this year. He added, "Militant leadership has to be eliminated because they misguide our children and lure them into this".

Munir Khan said Ismail was an A++ category militant and that seven more such commanders are still alive. Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been blocked in Srinagar, as per ANI. Dujana was wanted in 40 serious attacks on security forces and carried a bounty of $23400.

"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT".

The encounter operation involved the Indian Army, CRPF platoons and other forces. A police official said that he was involved in carrying out attacks on the forces on the busy Jammu-Srinagar national highway and was active for over a year.

"The excellent coordination on ground between the security agencies has resulted in positive results and led to killing of top militants", he said.