Srinagar: Three terrorists were on Wednesday gunned down during an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla.Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Extends COVID Curbs; Night, Weekend Curfews Imposed. Details Here

The encounter broke out in Binner area of Baramulla district after security forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about presence of militants in the area. Also Read - Earthquake of 5.3 Magnitude Strikes Jammu and Kashmir, Tremors Felt Across Valley

The search operation turned into a gunbattle after militants opened fire on the security forces. Also Read - Srinagar Airport Restricts Entry Time For Passengers To Avoid Overcrowding Amid Covid Cases

Three militants were killed in the operation, the official said, adding that weapons and other incriminating material were recovered from the spot.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain ultras was being ascertained, he said.

On Tuesday, three terrorists were gunned down by security forces during an encounter in Shopian. Earlier on Monday, two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Zinpanchal, Chari Sharief in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Out of the total 256 militants killed in 2018, south Kashmir recorded the highest number of killings (127 terrorists) followed by north Kashmir (93 terrorists) and central Kashmir (24 terrorists). Nine terrorists were killed in Jammu region last year.