A top Hizbul Mujahideen militant was shot dead by security forces during an encounter in Reasi district on Monday.
On a tip-off, army and police launched a joint cordon and search operation in Larad area of Mahore tehsil, 107 km from Udhampur, on Monday morning, police said.
Militants opened fire on security forces who retaliated. In the subsequent encounter, the self-styled district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen identified as Altaf Hussein was killed.
The encounter was still continuing.