An encounter broke out early today between militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.
Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hakripora village of Pulwama, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area, a police official said.
The militants opened fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered a gunbattle, he said.
As per reports a key Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abdul Dujana has been killed in the encounter with the security forces, however, due to the ongoing encounter no body has been recovered to confirm the identinty.
The encounter is in progress and further details are awaited, the official said.