Handwara, Oct 29 (ANI): Security forces killed three militants in a gun battle in Handwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. A soldier was also reported dead. The encounter started at Rajwada forest of the district on Tuesday. On the tip off intelligence, a massive search operation was launched in a village where the three militants were suspected to be hiding. Reportedly, Indian army launched a joint search operation with the police on Monday night, which ended on Wednesday. The militants fired few rounds at the security forces to which they retaliated, reports said. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani, said that the police was trying to identify the militants.