However, the exact picture would only emerge once the encounter ends and the identification of the slain terrorists is carried out, said the police official. "The encounter is still on".
A senior police officer said the bodies of the terrorists were yet to be recovered and that the exchange of fire continued. There was an input about a couple of militants in that area. It is also being claimed that the neutralised terrorists were members of Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. "We expect to eliminate more militants", he added.
The government forces laid siege to Wantiwen area to conduct a search operation, triggering angry protests.
The official further said that the search operation is still on in the area as reports suggested the presence of more militants hiding in the area.
They said security forces and state police launched a joint search operation in the woods at Dantiwan Satoor forest in Tral in south Kashmir district of Pulwama early this morning.