Three terrorists were killed, while one surrendered in an encounter with security forces in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
The security 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 terrorists there, a police official said.
He said as the presence of four newly recruited terrorists of Al-Badr outfit got ascertained, the security forces exercised maximum restraint and tried their best to persuade them to surrender.The terrorists turned down the offer to surrender and opened firing and threw a grenade on the security forces, the official said.
The security forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter, the official said.
However, during the encounter one of the terrorists surrendered before the security forces while three others were killed.
The surrendered terrorist has been identified as Tausif Ahmad, the official said.
The gunfight started in the week hours of Thursday. Police said that security personnel persuaded them to surrender but they turned down the officer. They opened fire and lobbed a grenade on the security officials, triggering an encounter.