Three militants were gunned down, while one surrendered before the security forces during an encounter in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Kanigam area of the South Kashmir district during the night following information about the presence of militants there, a police official said.
He said as the presence of four newly recruited local militants of the Al-Badr terror outfit got confirmed, the security forces exercised maximum restraint and tried their best to persuade them to surrender. They turned down the offer to surrender and opened fire on the security forces, the official said.
The security forces retaliated and during the encounter, one of the militants surrendered before the security forces while the other three were killed. The surrendered militant has been identified as Tausif Ahmad, the official said.