Police in a statement said that based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in Yaroo area of Langate in Handwara, a cordon and search operation was launched by Police and security forces in the area.
As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the hiding militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.
In the ensuing encounter, one militant was killed and the body was retrieved from the site of encounter. The identification and affiliation of the killed terrorist is being ascertained.
Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter. Incriminating materials including rifle and grenades were recovered from the site of encounter.
Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any.