Security forces killed four militants in Rajouri district of south Kashmir on Friday, taking the total number of militants killed in four encounters since March 27 in the district to 16.
The police said Friday’s encounter took place in Sadda area of Rajouri district, about 180 km northeast from here. The four militants were part of a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba group that infiltrated from Pallanwalla in Akhnoor, about 30 km from here, about 10 days ago.
The Rajouri operation began on March 27, when the security forces, comprising the army, paramilitary forces and the state police, killed two LeT militants near Dharamsal area, about 120 km from here.
The forces got information that some terrorists managed to slip through the cordon and are hiding in nearby area.
On Tuesday, the militants were surrounded in Kamla forest and Bagla area. In Kamala forest, three were killed and one more was killed next morning. On Thursday evening, six militants were killed in Treath Bagla area in the district.
On Friday morning, a joint team of the army, police and the Central Reserve Police Force conducted a search operation in the area and cordoned off the militants in Sadda and killed the four in a seven-hour-long firefight.
The forces lost Shailesh Kummar, 63 Rashtriya Rifles, in the Sadda encounter, besides the six jawans who were killed in the earlier three encounters.
The conflict between the forces and militants in Kashmir during the past two decades has left over 47,000 people dead, according to official data.
Police chief of Reasi district Anand Jain said the militants were probably trying to sneak into Reasi, bordering Sadda, as 31 of them were killed in the district since June last year.