Srinagar, Aug 22: A local leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shot dead by terrorists at his home in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the intervening night of August 21 and 22.

Shabir Ahmad Bhat was killed by terrorists at around 2:30 am today at his home in Pulwama’s Rakh-e-litter.

The locals informed the police about Bhat being shot dead, following which the security forces launched a search and cordon operation in the area.

Condemning the “act of cowardice”, BJP president Amit Shah said that the “cycle of violence won’t last long”.

“Anguished to learn about the killing of BJP karyakarta, Shabir Ahmad Bhat by terrorists in Pulwama (J&K). This act of cowardice is highly condemnable. Extremists cannot stop the youth of Kashmir from choosing a better future for themselves. This cycle of violence won’t last long,” tweeted Shah.

Meanwhile, two militants were trapped on Tuesday in a village in Langate area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district after security forces launched a search and operation in the area following inputs about their presence.

During the search operation, the militants, hiding in a house, opened fire on the security forces, leading to a gunbattle. The encounter is on and security forces have blasted the house in which the militants were hiding.

In April this year, Ghulam Nabi Patel, a mainstream political worker associated with the BJP was killed in a suspected militant attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.