The operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fired on personnel of a search party, who retaliated
Srinagar: Four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Monday, police said.
The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Pinjora area of the district in South Kashmir this morning after receiving information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said the operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fired on personnel of a search party, who retaliated. In the exchange of fire, four militants were killed.
Police have not revealed the identity of the slain militants or their group affiliation as part of a new policy to prevent youngsters from joining militant ranks.
This is the second encounter in Shopian district in the past 24 hours.
Five Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a self-styled commander, were killed in a gun battle with security forces in the district's Reban area on Sunday.