Srinagar: A terrorist was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The gunfight broke out in Awantipora area during wee hours. Search operation is underway in the region.

The security forces, on the basis of specific inputs about the presence of terrorists, launched a cordon and search operation in Banderpora area of Awantipora in the south Kashmir district on Friday morning.

The terrorists fired upon the search parties, who in turn retaliated. The slain militant has been identified as Ishfaq Yousuf Wani, a resident of Qoil area of Pulwama in south Kashmir.

The encounter comes six days after, police neutralised 6 terrorists, including a close associate of Zakir Musa, in south Kashmir’s Awantipora area. The slain militants belonged to the Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGuH), a terror outfit led by Zakir Musa and having allegiance to the banned Al-Qaeda.

The slain terrorists were identified as Soliha Mohammad Akhoon, a resident of Arampora Tral; Faisal Ahmad Khanday, a resident of Amlar; Nadeem Ahmad Sofi, a resident of Batagund, Tral; and Rasiq Mir, Rouf Mir and Umar Ramzan all residents of Dadsara, Tral.

IGP Pani said, “All the six terrorists were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities.” The AGuH terrorist group was part of the Zakir Musa faction and was active in Pulwama district, the police spokesman said.

Arms and ammunition, including rifles, were recovered from the site of encounter.