Five terrorists and a civilian were killed in two separate encounters with the security forces in South Kashmir today.
Security forces today gunned down three terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Friday, police said. Two more were killed in an encounter in Pulwama's Tral.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dragad Sugan area of south Kashmir following a tip-off about the presence of terrorists, the official said.
As the forces carried out searches, terrorists fired upon them, leading to the encounter, he added.
The security forces have scaled up anti-terror operation in the valley. On Thursday, two terrorists were killed in the Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district.
At least 20 terrorists have been eliminated this month alone.
Last week, security forces eliminated one of the most wanted terrorists in in Dadsara Tral area. Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, had formed an al Qaeda-linked group Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind and was known for using propaganda to call for an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir and throughout India.
"Zakir Musa was an Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind chief and a A++ terrorist. He was also an al Qaeda affiliate," a senior police officer told NDTV.
The encounters are part of the security forces' offensive against terrorists. Nearly 100 terrorists have been killed in last 5 months.