New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Aijaz and two other local terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, police said.

The encounter broke out in Pulwama town of the south Kashmir district after the security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated.

"Pakistani LeT commander Aijaz (alias Abu Huraira) has been killed along with two local terrorists. Congratulations to the police and security forces," IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI. Officials added that a search operation was going on in the area.

Meanwhile, a major tragedy was averted as security forces detected and destroyed an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by militants under a chinar tree in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.

“An IED was spotted under a chinar tree on the outskirts of village Damjen in Qazigund area,” a police spokesman said. He said the area was immediately cordoned off by police, Army and CRPF personnel and a bomb disposal squad was called to the spot. “The IED was neutralised and destroyed in-situ,” he said, adding a case has been registered in this regard.

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