Srinagar: Five militants including four from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based terror outfit, were on Thursday killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Kashmir's Budgam and Baramulla districts, officials said.
One of the encounters broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Futlipora in Pakherpora area, 45 km from Srinagar, following information about presence of militants in the area, an army official said.
He said the militants opened fire on security forces, who retaliated, triggering a fierce gun battle.
"Four militants were killed in the gun battle," the official, said adding the operation was still in progress.
A police official said three of the slain militants were foreigners while one was a local, identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar. The official said the ultras belonged to the JeM.
One security force personnel sustained injuries during the operation while eight civilians were injured in the action by the securit forces against protesters who were trying to disrupt the anti-militancy operation.
In another encounter at Bomai in Sopore area of Baramulla district, security forces shot dead one militant, a police official said.
The slain militant has been identified as Muzamil, a resident of Pakistan,who was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the official said, adding a cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from him.