The Jammu and Kashmir security forces were attacked earlier in the morning after a search operation. Three militants were killed in the shootout after the Jammu and Kashmir police were tipped of the presence of militants in the Sirnoo village of the Pulwama district.
Pulwama’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Ghulam Mohammad Dar also verified death of two civilians in the encounter. One army personnel is also killed.
The dead extremists include one army soldier turned terrorist Zahoor Ahmad Thokar.
It was reported by the Hizbul Mujahideen in July, Thokar of the 173 Territorial Army who was missing has joined the rebellious outfit.
Internet service has been cut off from the area.
Similar militant activities also occured on December 11th and 13th in the Shopian and Sopore districts respectively.