Five terrorists were killed Sunday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, the Army said here.
The gunbattle broke out after the ultras opened fire on a search team of the security forces in the district's Kellem village this morning, an Army official said.
He said five militants were killed in the encounter. The identity and group affiliation of the ultras are being ascertained.
Weapons and war-like stores have been recovered from the encounter site, the official added.
Clashes between protesters and security forces broke out near the encounter site, a police official said, adding there were no immediate reports of injury to anyone.
He said the law enforcing agencies were trying to restore order in the area.
Two terrorists, including one of the dreaded and oldest terrorist Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Ahmad Dar, were killed last month in a joint operation by the Army, Police, and CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Katpora area in south Kashmir's Kulgam district last evening after receiving specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
As per policy, the terrorists were given an opportunity to surrender. The terrorists, however, continued to fire and were eliminated in the ensuing gunfight. The terrorists have been identified as Zeenat ul Islam and Shakeel Ahmed Dar
Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site, the official said, adding that no collateral damage has been reported.
One of them was identified as dreaded militant Zeenat-ul-Islam, who was associated with the terror group Al Badr, the official said, adding that the identity of the second militant is being ascertained.
Zeenat, considered as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert, was earlier associated with another militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, the official said.