Three terrorists were killed and a woman died in an encounter that started Thursday morning at Batmalloo in Srinagar city, officials said.
One CRPF officer was also injured during the encounter. "Three terrorists have been killed in the encounter," Inspector General (IG) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told IANS.
According to details, the firefight between terrorists and security forces took place after security forces laid a cordon and launched a search operation on the basis of a specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.
Meanwhile, Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on the line of control (LoC) on Thursday to violate ceasefire in J&K's Poonch district.
Colonel Devender Anand, defence ministry spokesman said, "At about 6.45 a.m. on Thursday Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch district. Indian army retaliates befittingly." Pakistan has been violating the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed by the two countries in 1999 with impunity since the beginning of this year.
24 civilians have been killed and over 100 injured in more than 3186 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC since January this year.