Six militants of the Al Qaeda-affiliate Zakir Musa's group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, including its Kashmiri deputy, were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, the Defence Ministry said.
"Six terrorists have been killed in the Tral area encounter. Weapons and war-like stores have been recovered. The operation is over," Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
The slain terrorists have been identified as Soliha Akhoon, a resident of Arampora Tral, Faisal resident of Amlar, Nadeem Sofi, a resident of Batagund Tral, Rasiq Mir, a resident of Dadsara Tral, Rouf and Umar both residents of Dadsara Tral.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Arampora village in Awantipora area of the south Kashmir district in the morning following specific intelligence about the presence of terrorists there. The forces retaliated leading to a gunfight.
Huge amount of arms and ammunition have been recovered by security forces from the terror hideout, reported news agency ANI.
The latest encounter comes nearly a week after three militants, including top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zahoor Thoker, were killed and a soldier was martyred in Pulwama. Seven civilians were also killed in separate clashes in the neighbouring Sirnoo village.
WATCH: 6 terrorists killed by security forces in J-K's Awantipora ecounter
More details awaited.