Seven militants were gunned in an encounter with the army in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Monday, giving security forces the biggest success against the ultras this year.
An Army patrol was fired on by militants at Dardpora in Lolab area of Kupwara district at around 2.40 pm, which was retaliated, an army spokesman said.
He said seven unidentified militants were killed in the operation which was on till last reports came in.
The spokesman said a cache of arms, ammunition and war-like stores have been recovered.
“The number of troops have been enhanced as more militants might be trapped in the area,” he added.
This is the biggest success of security forces against militants this year.
259 churches and institutes under protection after recent spate of attacks.