Security forces in Kashmir have nabbed a top militant of the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit in Pattan, 27 kms north of the capital Srinagar.
Naresh Vig, a defence spokesman told HT that Manzoor Ahmed Khan alias Shams Bhai was held during a joint operation by 29 Rashtriya Rifles unit of the army and the special operations group of the police on late Monday afternoon.
He said Manzoor Khan was the chief coordinator, operations, of the LeT for north Kashmir.
Manzoor is a resident of North Kashmir district of Kupwara and was originally associated with Hizbul Mujahideen and had switched to Lashkar sometime back, he added.
According to sources, Manzoor was the coordinator between the two organisations and was responsible for joint strikes by the militant organisations. They added that he was recently assigned the additional responsibility of the Lashkar's North India operations.
The deputy inspector general of police for north Kashmir, JP Singh, said that the army and the police had launched a manhunt for the militant after threatening posters appeared in various villages of Pattan area nearly two weeks ago.
He said Manzoor Khan was arrested adding that the security forces also seized arms and ammunition from him.
He said the police would be able to confirm Khan's position in the LeT only after his interrogation, which had already begun.