Four militants were killed and one captured alive in an encounter in Nowgam Sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, Army said on Tuesday.
An army spokesman said they acted on a tip about presence of militants in Nowgam Sector near the Line of Control. "As the forces zeroed in on the militants, they opened fire, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing gunfight, four militants were killed," he said. He said the soldiers "managed to capture alive the fifth militant who was part of the same group."
Uttam Chand, Deputy Inspector General of Police (North Kashmir range) confirmed the killing of four militants. "The operation is over," he told Greater Kashmir.
Army officials said the encounter took place on this side of the Line of Control. "It means the group had managed to sneak in. There was no causality from our side," he said.
He said all the four slain militants are "foreigners and are believed to be part of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit."
"The questioning of the apprehended militant is on. Once it is complete, things will be clear as to when the group had infiltrated into this side and what their plans were," the Army spokesman said.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters in New Delhi, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said catching a militant alive in Kupwara is a "big success" for the forces.
"Catching a militant alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan. The arrest of militant in Kupwara is a big achievement of security forces," he said.