Srinagar: A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Hajin area of Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, the police said.
Acting on intelligence inputs about presence of militants in Hajin area the security forces launched a cordon and search operation.
He said the search operation turned into a gun battle after militants opened fire on security forces.
In retaliation, the security personnel opened fire following which one militant was killed, the official said adding searches were still underway.
The incident comes a day after four Jammu and Kashmir policemen were killed in a militant attack in the Shopian district. Officials said the weapons of the policemen were missing.
According to Zee News sources, terror outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack.
Earlier yesterday, two Hizbul militants were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The killed terrorists were identified as Altaf Ahmad Dar alias Ataf Kachroo alias Moin of Hawoora Mishipora and Omar Rashid Wani of Khudwani Kulgam.
Dar, who also hails from Kulgam in South Kashmir, was currently operating as a one of the most important terrorist Commander of proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and had a long history of criminal records since 2007.