In the ensuing gunfight, four unidentified militants were killed. An Army jawan of 9 Para was also killed in the operation, which concluded in the wee hours today, the official added.

He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was being ascertained. This is second success for the security forces against militants in north Kashmir in the past 24 hours.

A top militant of Lashkar-e-Islam, a splinter group of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district yesterday. One soldier was also killed in that operation.

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