A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist allegedly responsible for the massacre of 13 Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir in May was gunned down by security forces in Udhampur district on Thursday.
Based on specific army intelligence inputs, personnel of the 12 Rashtriya Rifles, the Border Security Force (BSF) and police launched a joint operation on Thursday morning in Panera village of Udhampur, about 150 km north of Jammu.
Security forces circled a house in the village where LeT terrorists were reported to be hiding and a fierce fire fight began.
The security forces were able to shoot the terrorist, identified as Ejaz Ahmad, a top terrorist of LeT. According to official sources in Udhampur quoting the latest reports, the terrorist was behind the killings of the 13 Hindus on May 1, 2006 in Udhampur.
An Indian soldier was also injured in the encounter.
Officials described the killing as a "major success" as the security forces had been on his trail for a long time. The gun battle was still continuing with his accomplices holed up in the house, officials said.
In two major successes earlier this month, security forces had killed Billoo Gujjar, a top commander of Hizbul Mujahedeen, in the Gool area of Udhampur district as well as a top terrorist of the Al Badr in Rajouri district.