A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Kashmir Valley on Thursday, the police said. The militant, identified as Umar Bilal from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was killed in a gunfight in Hushroo village. A joint team of police and security forces had on Wednesday laid a cordon around the village after receiving intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a spokesman said.

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