A militant was today killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, officials said here.
Security forces launched a search operation in Arampora locality of Sopore town, 55 kms from here, following information about the presence of the militant there, they said.
As the security forces closed in on the house where the militant was hiding, the ultra ran into a nearby mosque and opened fire, they said. The security forces cordoned off the area and a brief exchange of firing between the two sides ensued, they said.
As there was no hostile firing for more than an hour, few civilians entered the mosque and found the militant dead, they added.
The officials said there was a single bullet injury under the chin of the ultra, suggesting that he had apparently shot himself dead. A card recovered from the possession of deceased identified him as Tanveer Ahmad, they said, adding police was trying to ascertain the actual identity and group affiliation of the slain militant.