A terrorist was killed in a gunfight that started on Wednesday morning between the security forces and militants in the Tral forest area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Jammu and Kashmir police said that based on credible inputs about the presence of a group of terrorists, a search operation was launched jointly by the police and security forces in Branpathri forest area of Tral tehsil.

During the search operation, the hiding terrorists fired upon the forces who retaliated leading to an encounter.

Troops of 42 Rashtriya Rifles with Special Operations Group Tral had carried out the cordon and search operations.

The identity and affiliation of the killed terrorist are being ascertained, police said. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.