A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander was among two militants killed in an early morning operation at Pulwama on Saturday. His name was Wasim Shah alias Usman, the district commander of LeT and was operating in Pulwama and Shopian districts.
The troops killed two youth, Waseem Shah and Naseer Ahmed, during a siege and search operation. Of the 12, seven have been killed in security force operations in last three months.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which has been gripped by a violent secessionist movement against New Delhi's rule since the 1980s leaving more than 44,000 militants, security forces personnel and civilians dead. While Mir, native of Pulwama's Litter village, was a category C terrorist.
From the slain terrorists, one AK-47 and one AK-56 rifle and six magazines were recovered.
People took to the streets in retaliation and started demonstrations against the killings.
Protesters from the village and adjacent areas gathered in large numbers pelting stones at the forces and shouting anti-India slogans.
Reports said that the funeral prayers of Wasim Shah were offered at least five times in Heff village to accommodate the rush of people who were marching from different areas of south Kashmir. One of the injured, identified as Gulzar Mir, who had sustained a gunshot died in a hospital, reports added.
Shah, who was wanted in various terror-related cases, was killed along with Nisar, another local who had joined militancy in May this year. The security forces are going after militants as part of operation "hunt down" and on the basis of a "hit list" of militants. A Bomb Disposal Squad was rushed to the area, who defused the device, police said.