Three unidentified militants and a policeman were killed in two separate encounters in Budgam and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Friday.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Zanigam village in the Beerwah area of Budgam district following information about the presence of militants there, the officials said.
They said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire towards security forces’ positions.
Two policemen were injured in the gunbattle. They were rushed to a hospital here for treatment but one of them succumbed, the officials said.
In another encounter at Badigam in Shopian district, three militants were killed by security forces, they said.
The officials said identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras is being ascertained.
There are over 270 terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir currently, of whom 205 are in Kashmir Valley, they said.
There were 421 active terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 and over 300 in 2020.
A total of 225 terrorists were killed in 2020. As many as 160 terrorists were killed in 2019 and 257 in 2018, they said.
In 2020, terrorists’ activities were also witnessed in so-far peaceful areas south of the Pir Panjal range in Jammu region, including Kistwar-Doda and Poonch