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“The terrorists are believed to be linked to the February 14 car bombing,” a defence official said.
Two Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists have been killed in an ongoing encounter with security forces in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.
Four soldiers including an Indian army major were also killed during the initial exchange of fire in the district.
A civilian also lost his life when the gunfight broke out.
Forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation in the village after receiving specific information about their presence.
Among the killed terrorist is Kamran alias Ghazi, who was the brain of the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF men lost their life.
This was seen as one of the deadliest attacks since the militancy broke out in the Kashmir valley.
Sources said apart from Kamran, a local terrorist Hilal was also killed.
"As the searches were going on, terrorists from inside the target house fired indiscriminately on the search party. In the initial burst of fire four army jawans and one civilian sustained critical gunshot injuries. They were evacuated to hospital for medical attention. Consequently, four injured jawans attained martyrdom and the civilian also succumbed to his injuries," J&K police said in a press release.
Earlier, a joint team of the Army's 55RR, CRPF and SOG Pulwama launched cordon and search operation in Pinglan area after having credible input about the presence of terrorists in the area.