An unidentified militant was killed early Monday morning in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Police said the encounter started on Sunday night and was still under way.

The encounter in a forest area of Handwara, in north Kashmir’s Kupwara, broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation there following specific information about the presence of militants.

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Meanwhile, militants killed a woman by slitting her throat in Bandipora on Sunday night.

The police said the militants barged into the house of Abdul Majid Dar, associated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Shahgund village of Hajin area on Sunday night. They attacked Dar’s wife Shakeela Begum, and slit her throat.

She was taken to hospital where she died later, said the police.