Srinagar: Five unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir today, police said.
Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Padder is also believed to be among the slain militants but police officials said it can only be confirmed after ascertaining the identity of the slain ultras.
“Encounter concluded at Badigam Zainpora Shopian, 5 bodies of terrorists recovered. Well done boys – Army/ CRPF/J&K Police,” DGP S P Vaid tweeted.
A police official said the identity and the group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained.
The encounter broke out after security forces launched cordon and search operation in Badigam village in Zainapora area of the south Kashmir district following specific information about the presence of militants in the area.
A Kashmir University assistant professor, who went missing on Friday, is believed to be among the slain militants.