Srinagar : Eight people including six guerillas and a trooper were killed in fiercest gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir's southern district of Pulwama Tuesday.
Police said four guerillas of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in a gun battle with security forces during a cordon and search operation in Matrigam village in Pulwama, 60 km from here.
"Troops of Rashtriya Rifles and police jointly mounted searches in the village on specific information about the presence of militants," the spokesman said.
"During the searches, hiding LeT militants opened fire at the troops. The fire was returned and a fight ensued. Four militants were killed in the encounter which ended late this afternoon."
One civilian was killed in another gun battle in village Meloora in the same district later in the afternoon, according to residents of the area.
Early Tuesday, security forces gunned down two Jaish-e-Muhammad guerillas at Aglar in Pulwama district. An army soldier was also killed while five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles were wounded.