Five Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were on Friday killed in an encounter with security forces in Ganderbal district in Kashmir.
"Five terrorists belonging to the Qadri Asadullah group of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a counter-insurgency operation in Preng area of Ganderbal in the wee hours on Friday," a Defence spokesman said. He said the identities of the slain terrorists were being ascertained.
According to police sources, troops of 24 Rashtriya Rifles and police laid an ambush near the Najwan forest in Preng area, 65 kms from Srinagar, following input about movement of the ultras.
The terrorists walked into the ambush in early hours on Friday and were asked to surrender, the sources said.
However, they opened fire on the security forces' positions which was retaliated by the army and police, the sources said, adding five terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.