Update: Three terrorists have been killed in the operation by the Joint forces.
In a massive victory for forces, two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed in an encounter in Pulwama in south Kashmir. One of them is Jaish-e-Mohammed chief operation commander and JeM founder Masood Azhar's top aide Kamran.
Kamran was a Pakistani national who went by the alias Gazi and was heading all operations in the valley.
The second terrorist who was neutralised in the operation is identified as Hilal.
The terrorists were linked to the attack on CRPF in Pulwama's Awantipora.
The Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir police, SOG CRPF Joint operation in Pinglina carried the joint operation, say sources. One Army Major and three soldiers were martyred in the operation, sources said.
A civilian was also killed during the operation. He was the house owner of the place where militants were hiding. He might have been taken as a human shield.
The encounter which began at 1:00 am on Monday went on for over 10 hours in south Kashmir. It took place barely 15 km from CRPF 76 battalion ambush site.
Troops have recovered one AK-47 rifle and one pistol. The search operation is still going on.
PM Narendra Modi has been apprised of the encounter by NSA Ajit Doval and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The encounter has come in less than a week after one of the deadliest terror attack orchestrated by the JeM in Pulwama's Awantipora area where 40 CRPF jawans were killed. On February 14, at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed after a vehicle laden with explosives rammed an explosive-laden car into a vehicle in the CRPF convoy in Pulwama district.
Several countries from across the globe stood in support of India in the wake of a deadly terror attack.
In the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, India also revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status that was unilaterally accorded to Pakistan over 20 years ago. The government of India also resolved to isolate Pakistan on the global stage.