One of the reportedly four militants, believed to be foreigners, holed up in a village in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, was killed in the fierce encounter that was going on since this morning.
A defence ministry spokesperson, Lt Col J S Brar, said troops of 24 Rashitriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police on a tip-off launched a joint operation at village Chatergul in Ganderbal district at 5 am.
When the particular area was being sealed, militants hiding there opened fire with automatic weapons.
Troops also retaliated, ensuing a fierce gun battle, Lt Col Brar said.He said so far one militant was killed.
There could be two to three more militants in the area, he said adding operation was going on when the reports last came in.
This is the first encounter after two militants gave slip to security forces in Kulgam district recently.