Four militants, 2 soldiers, civilian die in Kashmir gun battle

In the subsequent clashes after the encounter, one person was killed and more than ten others were injured when security forces and police opened fire and burst teargas shells.

Both Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT paid tributes to the deceased terrorists while Kashmiri separatist groups called for a strike on Monday to protest against the crackdown by security forces.

A repeated check on all the houses yielded no success but the police personnel accompanying the raiding party insisted on a rechecking a house where the intelligence input had suggested about the presence of the militants. He said while the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter. The man whose house was attacked was the civilian who died.

The suspected militants had taken refuge in Frisal village when they were surrounded by police and the military, officials say.

Meanwhile, public and private transports, shops and other business establishments functioned normally here. "The youth are sacrificing their lives for a sacred cause and we will never compromise with their holy blood".

He said the militants sprayed automatic gunfire to break the cordon, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police and soldiers that killed four militants and two soldiers.

In September militants stormed an army base and killed 19 Indian troops - while in November Pakistan said at least nine people were killed when cross-border shelling from the Indian side of the disputed territory hit a passenger bus.