Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's nephew was killed in an encounter with security forces, along with two other terrorists, in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral on Tuesday.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chaanketaar village of Tral in south Kashmir district afternoon following specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area. The militants fired upon them as the forces were undertaking searches in the area. The security forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter, officials said.
Two bodies were recovered after a day-long encounter that broke in Chaanketaar village of Tral in Pulwama district, officials said.
The body of one more militant was expected to be retrieved from the rubble, they said.
The intelligence inputs as well as the material seized from the encounter site showed that the terrorists belonged to JeM, they added.
The security forces have also recovered M-4 Carbine rifle from the encounter site which was possibly used by the group to carry out sniper attacks on security forces, they said.
Last week, an Army jawan and a Seema Shashtra Bal personnel were killed in the sniper attacks in Tral area.