Four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of North Kashmir on Sunday, a defence spokesman said.
The militants were killed in Bangas valley, 125 kms from Srinagar, after security forces launched a search operation to
flush out hiding militants, the spokesman said.
He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants could not be ascertained immediately as the search operation in the area is still on.
Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Rafiq Ahmad Wakeel said the operation started in the valley on Saturday following a tip-off.
The search parties confronted a group of hiding militants and asked them to surrender but the ultras opened fire
triggering a fierce gunbattle, Wakeel said.