An unidentified militant was today killed in an encounter with security forces in a village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
According to police, security forces launched an anti-militancy operation after receiving a tip off about their presence at Begumbagh village in Kakapora area.
Hiding militants opened fire on noticing the security forces who retaliated, triggering a gunbattle, police said, adding that one terrorist was killed in the gunbattle.
Pulwama SSP Rayees Mohammad Bhat confirmed that one militant has been killed in the counter-militancy operation.
The identity and group affiliation, he said, of the killed militant is being ascertained.
The gunfight is currently underway, the SSP informed.
Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district with mortars and small arms fire.
"Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire. Our army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani fire," a defence spokesman said.
He said that there has been no loss of life, injury or damage to property reported so far.
On November 15, one policeman of the Special Operation Group was killed after gunfight broke out between the security forces and the militants in Baramulla district.
Kashmir has been gripped by a wave of violence since the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani in July. Pakistan-backed militants have targeted security forces across the Valley to protest against alleged atrocities committed by Indian authorities.
The incidents of firing, ceasefire were increased after India conducted surgical strikes across the LoC targeting terror launched pads of Pakistani militants.