2 killed in police shoot-out in India-administered Kashmir

2 killed in police shoot-out in India-administered Kashmir

The police said that 31-year-old Shah and his bodyguard Nisar Ahmed Mir were trapped in a private house in Pulwama's Littar area when the security forces including the J&K police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group, the Army's Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF launched a cordon-and-search operation early on Saturday.

The house in which the duo was trapped suffered extensive damage in the fire fight.

Born in a middle class family of Gul Mohammed Shah, who ran his fruit business, Shah was an active supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group since his school days and had doubled up as a courier boy for the outfit, police said. His associate Nisar had joined terrorists ranks this year.

Shah was a native of Heff-Shrimal in Shopian, who joined the terrorist wing in 2014 and was considered as the "chief draftsman" of a year ago's turmoil in different parts of South Kashmir after the death of LeT commander Burhan Wani. He was variously described as a category "A" or 'A++' terrorist by Army and police officials and carried bounty of Rs 10 lakh.

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Later in day, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers Shah and his associate Nasir Ahmad at their ancestral villages in southern Kashmir.

Shah, also known by his alias Usama, according to police records, was a category A++ militant, while Mir was a category-C militant. Shah, a resident of Shopian, was wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir.

Four rounds of funeral prayers were held for him to accommodate the thousands of mourners. The forces responded by firing tear gas shells.