A top guerrilla commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit was gunned down early Monday by security forces in a shootout on the outskirts of here, the police said.
The police identified the slain militant as Abu Nasir alias Zakir, district commander of the LeT.
The police said army troopers assisted by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police launched a combing operation in the Theed Harwan area, nearly 15 km from the city centre, past midnight.
"During the search operation the militant fired at them," said a police spokesman.
"The fire was returned and in the ensuing gunfight Zakir was killed," the spokesman said.
"The operation was launched on specific information that LeT militants were trying to establish some bases in Harwan area."