Four Pakistan-based cadres of Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed and three arrested in Jammu and Kashmir, where militants made an abortive bid to blow up a security vehicle in Kupwara district.
Self-styled district commander of LeT Usman Bhai and close associate Abu Jibran were killed in a shootout with a joint search party of police and Rashtriya Rifles at Chuntipora village of Handwara in Kupwara on Monday, a police spokesman said.
Two more LeT militants -- Muslim alias Haji and Khalid Bhai -- were killed in another joint operation by police and RR personnel at Watergam village of Rafiabad in Baramulla district.
All the four were Pakistani nationals and a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including three AK assault rifles and a rocket launcher, were recovered from them.
In another operation, a local militant of LeT, Younis Ahmad Mir, was arrested from Shamaswari in interior Srinagar.
Mir, a resident of Bemina locality, was arrested by police during checking and a grenade and 50 bullets were recovered from him.
Two suspected militants -- Mohammad Shameem Sada and Khaleel Mohammad Mir -- were also arrested by security forces from Pattan area of Baramulla and a pistol, one magazine, 10 bullets and 10 grenades recovered from them.
Militants, meanwhile, carried out a grenade attack on a moving security vehicle at Batakote-Handwara in Kupwara last night but none was hurt.
A grenade was hurled by militants towards a patrolling vehicle of security forces but the device missed the target and exploded on the roadside without causing any harm, the spokesman said.