Srinagar: A militant was killed in a brief gunfight between militants and the government forces in Hajin area of Bandipora district, reports said on Thursday.
Police sources said that slain militant was Abu Musaib, a Pakistani national.
Earlier, people resorted to massive protests soon after army and police forces launched a search operation in the North Kashmir area during wee hours.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that huge contingents of army and police personnel cordoned off Khos Mohalla and Parray Mohalla before the dawn.
As soon as people living in the area got to know about the cordon, they started marched throwing stones and shouting pro freedom slogans.
The forces retaliated with aerial firing and tear gas shelling, they said.
Amid clashes, sources said the militant tried to escape from the spot but was shot dead.