Srinagar: Four militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday, police said. Also Read - Three Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorists Killed in Encounter Between Militants and Security Forces in J&K's Anantnag

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Melhora area of Shopian Tuesday night following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Admin Announces Complete Lockdown In 11 districts Amid Spike In COVID Cases

He said the hiding militants opened fire at the security forces, who retaliated, triggering a gun battle. Also Read - Complete Corona Curfew Imposed in Jammu and Kashmir Till Monday Morning

Four militants were killed in the operation, the official said.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained, he added.