Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Abu Ismail was killed along with an associate in a brief gunfight with government forces in Aaribagh area of Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday, police said.
IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan said that the gunfight ensued after government forces cordoned off the area following inputs about the presence of militants.
Khan said that the two miitants were killed in a brief gunfight. "They were identified as Abu Ismail and Abu Qasim," said Khan.
He said two rifles were recovered from the slain militants.