A top "commander" of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and a self-styled district commander of Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Toiba (Let) were among four terrorist killed in separate encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.
The "launching commander" of Hizbul Mujahideen Din Mughal alias Lal Din of Muzzaffarabad (PoK) was killed in an encounter with security forces at Kapsen jungles in Bandipora area of Baramulla district, the police said adding two AK rifles and four grenades were recovered from his possession.
Three militants of LeT were killed in another encounter with police at Mirhama-Kulgam in Anantnag district, Superintendent of Police (Kulgam) SP Pani said.
Acting on a tip off, police placed an inner cordon of the house where terrorist were hiding on Friday evening, he said adding police then evacuated the inmates of the house to avoid any civilian casualty.
The terrorist hiding inside the house started firing on the police and in retaliatory action all the three terrorist were killed, Pani said.
The slain ultras were identified as "district commander" of LeT, Abu Qasif alias Gori of Pakistan, Muneer Ahmad Ganai and Fayaz Ahmad Rather, he said.
Abu Qasif became 'district commander' of the outfit after the elimination of Abu Rehman in May, this year. The dairy recovered from him revealed his involvement in the suicidal attack in Kautha, Pani added.