The security forces were on the second day in their search operation in Kashmir's Apple town area and killed the LeT militant Wasim Ahmad Ganaie who reportedly had taken shelter in an underground drainage system.
After receiving reports that two or three militants had taken shelter in a medical shop in the region, forces launched a search operation in Muslim Peer locality on Saturday, Mar 12. As the security forces were closing in, the militants opened firing on them which was retaliated, sources reported.
The deceased was one of the two LeT commanders who allegedly abducted the two twin sisters - Arifa and Akhter and brutally killed them on Jan 31.
Arifa and Akhter's family members earlier stated, "We were not warned by any agency for anything wrong, if any, committed by our daughters. I would like to know for what crime my daughters were killed."
Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in his personal Twitter account called the LeT militants as "heartless" and termed the two sisters' murder as "unfortunate."