Three terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen were shot dead in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district early on Wednesday.

On specific inputs provided by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, an operation was launched which led to an encounter in Pazalpora area of Anantnag. It involved a combined group of terrorists of LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen.

The eliminated terrorists were identified as LeT commander Nasir Chadru, Javed Farooq and Aquib Ahmad.

All the three local militants have been neutralised, PTI quoted officials as saying, adding the bodies were being identified and would be soon handed over to their families.

According to reports, one soldier was injured in the encounter.

Earlier this month, four Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were arrested in a search operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.

There have been several instances of militants resorting to civilian killings in an attempt to instil fear in the Valley after the abrogation of Article 370, that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested Hayat Ahmad Bhat, the main instigator of law and order disturbance in the downtown area of Srinagar city.

Earlier in September, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said that the JeM camp in Balakot, that was bombed by the Indian Air Force in February, has been reactivated and about 500 infiltrators were waiting to infiltrate into India.

Earlier, Indian Army and intelligence sources, quoting the confessions of two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists captured recently in Jammu and Kashmir, had said that around 300 trained militants are prepared to enter Indian territory from Pakistan.