Seven militants, including terror outfit Ansar Ghazwatul Hind's chief Imtiaz Ahmad Shah, were killed by security forces in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian and Pulwama districts, police said on Friday.
"Five terrorists have been killed in a Shopian operation, while two others were killed in the encounter at Nowbugh in Tral area of Pulwama district," a police official said.
Earlier, the Kashmir Zone Police had taken to Twitter to inform that that efforts were being made to get two militants taking refuge inside a mosque in Shopian after an overnight encounter to surrender.
"Brother of holed up #terrorist & local Imamsahab sent inside mosque to persuade the #terrorists to come out & #surrender. Efforts are on to save the mosque," the police said in a tweet.
#ShopianEncounterUpdate: Brother of holed up #terrorist & local Imamsahab sent inside mosque to persuade the #terrorists to come out & #surrender. Efforts are on to save the mosque. #Operation going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/xLLNjwUYaX— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) April 8, 2021
The police had earlier tweeted about the Ansar Ghazwatul Hind chief trapped inside the mosque.
"Chief of proscribed #terrorist outfit AGuH (JeM) trapped," the tweet said.
The encounter in Shopian town broke out on Thursday evening. Giving an update about the operation the same night, police said three militants had been killed and four security forces personnel injured.
In a separate encounter in Tral area of Pulwama on Friday morning, security personnel gunned down two unidentified militants, the police added.
(With inputs from PTI)