Close on the heels of the death of four soldiers and three militants in two gunfights in Pulwama district, the Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces have killed the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s “district commander,” Altaf Baba, in yet another encounter on Wednesday.

Sources said the police, the Army and the CRPF launched a search operation on a tip-off at Ichhgooza. One of the holed-up militants died and one more was trapped in a house. A soldier was injured.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police in South Kashmir Vijay Kumar confirmed the death of Altaf Baba of Aglar, claiming that he was Jaish-e-Mohammad’s “district commander.”

He was killed in an orchard while trying to escape from the cordoned area.

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