Srinagar, Dec 8: Three militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists killed in the encounter in Arwani, Anantnag in J&K on Thursday.
The gunbattle resumed after the operation to flush out the terrorists was halted on Wednesday evening due to darkness.
The terrorists who were killed in the gunbattle have been also identified as Rahil Amin, Majid Zargar and Waseeem, police added.
In another incident, four masked militants looted J&K bank at Arihal village of Pulwama on Thursday. Attempts were also made to loot the bank's Budgam branch in the early morning.
Police said troops of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles, special operations group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force surrounded the village late on Wednseday after receiving information about the presence of militants.
"As the security forces tightened the cordon, some gunshots were heard, but after that there was no exchange of fire. The militants started firing at the surrounding security forces in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
"We returned fire. A combing operation is underway," a senior police officer told IANS. Asked to confirm if the LeT divisional commander, Abu Dujana was among the holed up militants, the officer said, "We can confirm nothing until the encounter was over.
OneIndia News (with IANS inputs)