Five terrorists, including a Lashkar-e-Taiba district commander and an army jawan, were killed in an encounter between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday.
A police official said that the security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Hanjin village of Rajpora area of Pulwama following information about the presence of terrorists.
He said the operation turned into an encounter when the militants opened fire on the retaliatory security personnel.
One soldier was injured in the initial exchange of fire with the terrorists, the official said, adding that the jawan died in a hospital.
He said additional forces were sent to the area and five terrorists were killed in the subsequent encounter.
Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said the slain militants were associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and one of them, Nishaj Lone alias Khatab, was the district commander of the organisation.
He said one of the slain terrorists was a Pakistani but his identity could not be ascertained. Kumar said the operation was a “huge success” for the forces.