The Resistance Front commander Afaq Sikander was among five militants killed on Wednesday in twin encounters with armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said.
The gunfights broke out in the Gopalpora and Pombay areas of the South Kashmir district.
A police official said forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Gopalpora area following inputs about the presence of militants.
The search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon a party of forces, which retaliated, and in the ensuing encounter, two ultras were killed, the official said.
Inspector-General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said one of the two slain militants was the commander of the TRF.
The official said three militants were killed in another gunfight in Pombay area of the district, the official said.
He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was being ascertained.