Three militants were killed, while one surrendered before armed forces during a gunfight in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
The 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 outfit got ascertained, the forces exercised maximum restraint and tried their best to persuade them to surrender.
The militants turned down the offer to surrender and opened firing and lobbed a grenade on the forces, the official said.
The forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter, the official said.
However, during the encounter one of the militants surrendered before the forces while three others were killed.
The surrendered militant has been identified as Tausif Ahmad, the official said.