Islamabad (Web Desk): Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew , Talha Rashid , was allegedly killed in an encounter with security forces in India-held Kashmir's (IHK) Pulwama district on Tuesday, Indian media reported.

A JeM spokesperson confirmed Rashid 's death, according to Asia News International (ANI).

"Three militants killed during an encounter at Kandi Aglar village of Pulwama district includes nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and outfit's divisional commander," the JeM statement said.

The militants were identified as Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai and Waseem, a resident of Pulwama's Drubgam.

Two other suspected militants and an Indian soldier were also killed in the encounter in Aglar Kandi village, the reports claimed.

Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat claimed that JeM 's acknowledgement of Rashid 's death "makes it clear that terrorists are getting support from across the border", ANI reported.