Four terrorists of the Ansar Gazwatul Hind (AGH), the Kashmir version of ISIS, were on Sunday killed by the security forces in an encounter in Daramdora Keegam area of Shopian district in South Kashmir.
Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia confirmed the killing of four terrorists and said war-like stores of arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter spot.
An AK-47 assault rifle, one SLR and two pistols were among the recovery, sources said.
The killed terrorists have been identified as Showkat Ahmad, Azad Ahmad Khanday, Suhail Yousuf and Rafee Hassan Mir. Their bodies have been retrieved, police said.
They were involved in several incidents of attack on the security forces and civilians. They were also booked for looting banks. The encounter had broken out between the terrorists and security forces in the wee hours when the orchard area was cordoned off.
Police said that a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched in Daramdora village after the presence of militants was reported in the area.
The operation was focused on the orchard area. As the security forces tightened the cordon around the hiding terrorists, they opened fire that triggered an encounter which continued for a couple of hours.
Security forces were combing the South Kashmir areas in view of the Amarnath pilgrimage that would begin on 1 July.