Three militants and a soldier were killed while two jawans were injured in two separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam and Pulwama districts.
The officer said as the searches were going on, militants fired on the forces, who retaliated. Two militants were killed in the ensuing gunfight and three soldiers were injured, he said, adding that one of the injured soldiers later succumbed at a hospital.
The official said arms, ammunition and other incriminating materials were seized from the encounter site.
"As per police records, both the killed terrorists were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities," a police spokesman said.
He said Makroo was a close associate of LeT commander Naveed Jat and Azad Dada.
In another operation at Hafoo area of Tral in Pulwama district, a militant was killed in an encounter with security forces, the official said.