A militant, believed to have been killed in the gunbattle at Chinkipora in Sopore, on Wednesday emerged alive from the debris and began firing on security personnel searching for the bodies of slain ultras, injuring a jawan but was shot dead in retaliatory fire.

The militant, who is yet to be identified, was killed as security forces fired back after he began firing indiscriminately on them, official sources said.

Earlier, a body of a militant was recovered from the rubble of three houses that were destroyed in the gunbattle on Thursday.

“Body of an unidentified militant and a weapon was recovered from the debris of the houses earlier today”, police sources said.

Terming the heap of rubble at the the scene of the encounter as huge, they said it may take days even for machines to remove it.

The operation to retrieve the bodies of the militants, who were said to have been killed in the day-long gunbattle on Tuesday, resumed this morning.

Three Army men, including a captain, were killed in the gunbattle with the militants hiding in three houses at Chinkipora, 55 kms from here, on Tuesday.

The deceased Army personnel were identified as Captain Davinder Singh Jass, Naik Selva Kumar and Paratrooper Imtiyaz Ahmad Thokar of first Para.

Besides, a civilian identified as Ramiaz Ahmad Malla, who was hit by a stray bullet while being evacuated from the scene, is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar.