Reports suggest that the group of militants included a top commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who was a Pakistani national.
"We managed to hole in the group and the gunbattle began Saturday morning," said Hemant Lohia, deputy inspector general of police (Doda range).
Officials say that the Let commander along with his aide have been gunned down in the operations and one soldier has been injured. Security forces have also recovered arms and ammunition from the ares.
"LeT district commander Abu Samama and his bodyguard Barkat Ali were killed in the operation. While Samama was a Pakistani national, Ali was a local militant," said Brig Gurdeep Singh, brigadier general staff of 16 Corps.
He also said that the militants have been holed up in the area for four to five years and this incident would come as a big blow to the terror organization.