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Indian troops kill militant commander in Indian-controlled Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A militant commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was killed Thursday in a fierce overnight gunfight with Indian troops in Indian- controlled Kashmir, police said.

The gunfight broke out Wednesday evening at village Hushroo of Budgam district, about 30 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. "One Pakistani militant commander Omar of LeT was gunned down during a fierce gunfight here today," said a senior police official posted at Budgam. "The gunfight broke out Wednesday evening after contingents of Indian army and police cordoned off a locality at Hushroo following intelligence reports that militant was hiding there."

According to police, the contingents came under heavy fire from the militant hiding in a residential house.

"The army and police contingents also fired in retaliation and during the overnight gunfight the militant was finally killed," said the official.

Reports pouring in from the village said the residential house from where militants were firing at army and police positions was damaged due to heavy exchange of fire and mortars.

Police and Defense officials maintain that most of the time operations triggering gunfights are carried out on prior information about the presence of militants in specific areas.

According to police the LeT commander was involved in the killing of a police officer in the district earlier this month.

The LeT outfit is accused of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that claimed 166 lives.

Meanwhile, a fresh gunfight has erupted Thursday morning at village Kudora of Tral in Pulwama district, about 46 km south of Srinagar city, police said. Reports pouring in from the area said the militants managed to escape from the spot after a brief gunfight.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gun fighting between militants and Indian army troopers takes place intermittently.

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