Indian army killed 4 militants in an overnight encounter on Thursday, in Handwara town located in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian forces, while conducting a search operation, came under fire from the militants.
"Around 8.30pm (15.00 GMT), the militants fired at the security forces. The encounter was going on the whole night. In the morning, we killed all four militants and recovered their bodies," said Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani.
During the clash one soldier was injured and a large hidden armory was discovered in their shelter.
According to officials, one of the militants is Riyaz Ahmad, who was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen's Lashkar-e-Islam.
"He was involved in a number of killings in Sopore and adjoining areas. He was also involved in threatening and terrorizing the landlords of mobile towers and mobile franchise owners," the spokesman said.
Police are trying to find out if the militants were part a long-established group operating in the region, or a new one which might have infiltrated into the region recently.
In last few weeks, the Indian army has been fighting with militants in different regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Last week, 3 militants and a foreign fighter, Sajad Hussain, were captured alive after an encounter with security forces.
Kashmir is divided between India, Pakistan and China and suffers from ongoing violence and conflict.
Pakistan and India have fought to take full control of the region since they were partitioned in 1947.