New Delhi: In a big victory for security forces, a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist Asif Maqbool Bhat was gunned down by security forces in north Kashmir’s Sopore district on Wednesday.

The development comes in the wake of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police uncovering the terror outfit’s modules in Kashmir and increased activity by their overground workers (OGW) to create civilian unrest in the Valley.

The terrorist, the Jammu and Kashmir police confirmed, was gunned down following a brief encounter.

“The terrorist has been identified as Asif Maqbool Bhat of LeT. He was responsible for the recent shoot out and injuries to three family members of a fruit trader of Sopore. The injured also included a young girl. He was also responsible for shooting at migrant labourer Shafi Aaalm at Sopore," the J&K police tweeted.

Speaking to the media, J&K Police director general of police Dilbagh Singh added, “When we intercepted Asif today, he attacked us. He threw a grenade at us. A few police personnel were injured but they are out of danger. In the ensuing encounter, the militant had been neutralized."

Kashmir has been under lockdown and mobile and internet communication shut since the Centre removed J&K’s special status under the Constitution on August 5 and bifurcated the state into two UTs. Securities forces have been aggressively exterminating terrorists to help restore peace in the valley.

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