Police said troops of Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the police surrounded the Kandi forest area after receiving information about the presence of a group of militants there.
"As the cordon around the hiding militants was tightened, they fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter which is going on," a police officer said.
In an earlier gunfight in Pulwama district, five persons including Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, a soldier and a civilian were killed while three others including two soldiers and a civilian were injured.
The slain militants included a top commander of JeM identified as Khalid Bhai. Police said he was a Pakistani who had masterminded the militant attack on the Lethpora CRPF camp in 2017 in which five CRPF troopers were killed.
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