Earlier in the morning, three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in Magam area of the same district. He also said that all the three terrorists were Pakistanis.
In a separate gun-battle in Zirhama area of the same district an Indian army soldier was killed and two others were wounded.
"It was a joint operation of CRPF, J&K Police and the Army".
According to police records, 194 militants have been killed this year, the highest figure in the past decade.
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The security forces achieved a major breakthrough against the LeT on November 18 when six of its top militants were killed in a gun battle in Hajin area of northern Bandipore district. He figures in the National Investigating Agency (NIA)'s most wanted list.
A search operation was launched in forest areas in Kupwara after intelligence inputs alerted presence of militants in the encounter site.
The troops retaliated and in the exchange of fire, which lasted over an hour, three Pakistani terrorists of the LeT were killed, the official said.