SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- A militant commander was killed and a policeman was wounded on Thursday in a fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.
The gunfight broke out at village Hajin in Bandipora district, about 32 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"Top commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit was killed in a gunfight today with a joint party of police and army at Para Mohalla in Hajin locality here," a senior police official posted in Bandipora said.
"The militant fired upon the joint party, triggering a gunfight which ended with his killing. While fighting the militants, a policeman was also wounded."
Police said the slain militant was divisional commander of LeT and active in the region since 2015.
According to police officials, a search operation in the village was launched Wednesday night on specific intelligence information about presence of militant commander in the area.
Reports said another militant managed to break the cordon and escaped from the village unhurt.
A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troopers stationed in the region since 1989.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.