A suspected militant was killed and another captured after a gunfight with security forces in Khrew town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday. The police claimed to have recovered an AK-47 rifle, three magazines, two grenades and a pistol from them, Indian Army Colonel Samar Raghav told ANI on Monday.

Raghav said the slain militant was a Pakistani national while the one captured alive is a Kashmiri.

Awantipora Superintendent of Police Mohammad Zahid told Kashmir Reader on Sunday the security forces had tracked down the militant to a forest at Bathena in Khrew after two days of searching. An encounter ensued when they established contact at around 3 pm on Sunday. The militant was killed in the gunfight and his aide captured.

The police identified the arrested militant as Sohail Ahmad Lone. They said Lone had left home in July to join militancy, after which his parents took to social media to appeal to him to return. “Sohail joined Jaish-e-Mohammed four months ago,” Raghav said. “We promised his mother that we won’t kill him and despite him firing at us, we exercised [maximum] restraint and apprehended him alive.”