Srinagar, April 29: A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara in north Kashmir early today. The militant, who was holed up in a mosque since last night, was killed as he tried to escape, an army official said. Also Read - Arrival Of 'Sticky Bombs' Sets Off Alarm Bells In Jammu And Kashmir | All You Need To Know

Security forces had launched an operation in Kanthpora village of Lolab following information about the presence of militants in the area. “After a brief exchange of firing, at least one militant took shelter in a local mosque,” the official said. Read Also: (Kupwara encounter: Explosives recovered from slain terrorists) Also Read - Son of Srinagar's Krishna Dhaba Dies After Being Shot at by Militants

The operation was yesterday hampered by local residents who pelted stones at security forces. Several policemen, including an officer, were hurt in the stone pelting, a police official said. Kupwara is 85 kms from here. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre, States Discuss Fresh Spurt in Cases; Nationwide Lockdown on Cards Again?