LeT top leadership in Kashmir Valley wiped out

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"Out of these 110, 66 terrorists were killed near the LoC while infiltrating", he said. Killing of about 130 terrorists in the hinterland has helped bring situation under control in Kashmir.

He said that the police has restricted 60 youth in Kashmir from joining the militant ranks.

Sandhu said people were aware of the extent to which the agitation in earlier part of this year was brought under control.

In a sudden escalation of violence across Kashmir Valley on Saturday, the banned Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) outfit received a major jolt as security forces shot dead six of its terrorists in a meticulous operation while losing an Indian Air Force (IAF) commando.

Three militants were gunned down in Pulwama in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed on November 6. He was active in north Kashmir before zeroing in on the Hajin area this year, they said.

Lt General J.S. Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters: "With the elimination of six of its terrorist commanders yesterday (Saturday), the top leadership of LeT in the Valley has been wiped out".

We will continue to request Pakistan to claim and take bodies of militants killed here, Vaid said.

Among the deceased militants was Osama Jangi alias Obaid.

Owaid is son of Zakir Rehman Maki and nephew of Zakir Rehman Lakhvi.

Sandhu said security forces have decimated LeT's Hajin group. For a long time, their local supporters failed most of the operations of Police and security forces with slogans and stone pelting.

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"Kashmir valley needs to be free from violence, terror, guns and drugs".

Hajin area has witnessed a lot of violence this year and with yesterday's operation, the area has been nearly cleared of militants.DGP said that they were verifying the reports on ISIS claiming to have carried out Zakura attack.

"It's easy to call yourself Mujahideen. But are you a Mujahid, or just a proxy for Pakistan?" he said. "We would welcome them". "One IAF (India Air Force) soldier was martyred and another army soldier was injured".

A senior police official said that the killed militants include Lashkar commanders Zargam and Mehmood.

"Of them 110-120 would be locals and 100 foreign militants".

"On the occasion, Director General of Police S P Vaid said the Hajin area has been made "militant free with this encounter".

On Friday a militant and a police officer were killed in the outskirts of Srinagar during a brief shootout.

"Our concern is to eliminate militancy and give a chance to locals to return to the mainstream", he said.

The anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have continued in the wake of violence by Pakistan-based militants.