Srinagar- Five Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a top commander of the outfit, were on Sunday killed in a gunfight with state forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police said.
On a specific input, the state forces launched a cordon and search operation in Reban area of Shopian, a police spokesperson said.
During the search operation, the hiding militants opened fire at the search party of the forces, which was retaliated leading to a gunfight, he said.
In the ensuing encounter, five Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the gunfight, the spokesperson said.
As per credible sources, the killed militants belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit and one among them is believed to be a top commander, police said.
The spokesperson said incase any family claims the killed militants to be their kith or kin, they can come forward for their identification.
Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter, he said, adding all the recovered material have been taken into case records for further investigation.
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