The recent rains and snow pushed out a group of Lashkar e Toiba militants from the woods and were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's northern Bandepur district, sources in government said on Saturday.
He said that along with Owaid, LeT commanders Zargam and Mehmood were also eliminated in the operation.
"Five militants have been killed in the operation", Kalia said. "Weapons and ammunition recovered", DGP SP Vaid tweeted.
In October, two IAF Garud commandos were killed in an encounter that also left two terrorists including a local recruit dead. He said all the six slain militants were Pakistani nationals. The search operation resulted in an encounter when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.
Authorities had imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar on Saturday as a precautionary measure following killing of an Al-Qaeda terrorist Mugees Mir in a shootout with the police on Friday evening.
Two soldiers including an Air Force commando suffered injuries in the encounter and were hospitalized.
The gunfight erupted at village Hajin in Bandipora, about 32 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Owaid is the third man from the Lakhvi family to be killed in Kashmir. In 2007, Lakhvi's 20-year-old son Mohammad Qasim was killed in an encounter with the army and J&K police.
Mir is the first militant of the Al-Qaeda to be killed by security forces in Kashmir. Lakhvi is among the three globally prosecuted terrorists named by India (Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim being the other two) and the European Union in their joint statement to combat terrorism.