An Army man was killed and three terrorists were shot dead in the encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district, the police said on Saturday. Army rescued the civilian who was taken hostage by the terrorists.
The hostage was rescued after a nearly five-hour-long standoff, the police said. This was the first of two encounters and one grenade attack that were reported from Jammu and Kashmir this morning.
The encounter in Batote in Ramban district started around 12:30 pm when the three terrorists tried to stop a passenger bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Sources said the bus driver on seeing the terrorists, who came wearing Indian military battledress, hit the accelerator and sped away. Then he informed the police, following which the security forces surrounded the area and launched a search operation, sources said.
Heavy rain in the area made the search operation difficult, the sources said, adding the three terrorists entered a home and took the hostage. They fired at the security forces and threw grenades before entering the home.
The security forces advanced with extreme caution to avoid collateral damage before the hostage was rescued, the sources said. The terrorists were told to surrender, sources said.