Zakir Musa, the chief of Al-Qaeda's Kashmir cell, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, was Thursday evening trapped during a cordon and search operation at Tral in South Kashmir, officials said.
They said that a locality in Tral of Pulwama district was cordoned by forces this evening following a specific input. The forces were fired upon by militants trapped inside a house.
A gunfight was underway and there were confirmed reports about the presence of Musa there, they said.
Additional forces were rushed to the encounter site to ensure that no one escapes from the cordon, they said.