However, they said when security forces were moving towards a particular area in the forest, the militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons. “The security forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter,” they said.
Three militants were killed in the exchange of fire. “Additional security forces were rushed to further cordon off the area to foil any attempts by the militants to escape,” they said.
The encounter comes just hours after two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants and a senior police officer were arrested on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway when they were on way to Delhi. (UNI)