In a major success for the security agencies, Hizbul Mujahideen's top most commander in Kashmir Mehmood Ghaznavi has been killed in a fierce gun fight that started on Saturday evening at Shopian.
In a separate incident early Sunday rebels opened fire on an army convoy in the northern area of Hajin and wounded two police officers and a soldier, said Khan.
Two militants are still holed up in the area, The Times of India reported.
Hundreds of Indian soldiers and counter-insurgency forces surrounded Awneera, a village about 50 kilometers south of the main city of Srinagar, on August 12 evening following a tip-off about armed militants in the area. Vaid said they were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest Kashmiri insurgent group. Two Army men had lost their life in the gunfight yesterday, while three others were injured. Police says that a body, believed to be of a terrorist, has also been found lying in the orchards.
At least two to three terrorists are suspected to have been trapped in the area. They said when the security forces were moving towards particular area in the Asthan Mohalla in the village, militants resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons.
Police official confirmed the killing and said he was critically injured.
A civilian identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Hawal, who was injured during an explosion at Dalgate on Saturday succumbed to injuries today. Army has identified the slain soldiers as Gawai Sumedh Waman and Ilayaraja P.
One J&K soldier was injured in the attack, who was later shifted to the military hospital Drugmulla for treatment.