Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Pulwama district's Awantipora area.
A total of three militants were travelling in a private car. Based on specific information, the car was intercepted by the Awantipora Police and 55 Rashtriya Rifles at a joint security post.
As the security personnel asked the car drive to stop, the militants opened fire. 2 of the men, including a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander were killed in the resulting exchange of fire.
Forces have launched a search for the third militant.