Six militants were killed in an encounter that broke out between the security forces and militants in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday afternoon.
Among those killed was the nephew of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, said the DGP of Jammu and Kashmir police.
The encounter broke out after the security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.
He said the search operation resulted in an encounter when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.
The government has off-late intensified operations in the valley in order to counter rising violence on the part of militants.
Around 170 militants, including their top commanders active in the valley, have been gunned down by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year, Jammu and Kahsmir Director General of Police SP Vaid had told earlier this month.
‘Operation All Out’, which involved highly coordinated counter-offensive by the army, paramilitary and state police has been termed ‘successful’ by the top cop.
Centre has also appointed former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma to hold talks with all the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to work out a peaceful solution.