The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said that six militants were killed in Awantipora town of Pulwama district. The militants were affiliated with Zakir Mousa, who leads the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, the Al Qaeda’s cell in the Valley.

The six have been identified as Soliha Mohammad Akhoon, Faisal, Nadeem Ahmad Sofi, Rasiq Mir, Rouf and Umar, according to a statement issued by the police. Reports said Akhoon was the deputy chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.

“All the six terrorists were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” the statement said.

The police said that a search operation was launched in in Arampora area of Awantipora early on Saturday, and that there was a gunfight with the militants in which they were killed. Police seized ammunition from the site and have registered a case.

Inspector General SP Pani said there no “collateral damage” in the encounter, reported ANI.