Three terrorists were killed in a gunfight between the security forces and militants on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, the Defence Ministry said.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said the militants, who belonged to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfits, were killed in two different cordon-and-search operations (CASO) carried out by the CRPF, Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir police.
The encounter began early Thursday morning as the army received a tip-off that two to three militants were present in Futlipora village, Badgam.
Eyewitnesses from the encounter site said that a house in which the militants were believed to be hiding has been blasted by forces. Five civilians protesting a security forces operation were also injured by the gunfire.
In 2016, 165 militants were killed by the security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the hinterland.
When the joint team of forces fired shots in the air during the search operation, the fire was retaliated by the militants, triggering a gunfight in which one para-commando sustained bullet injuries and later one militant was killed, Singh said.
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He added that the protesters torched a private pickup van which was being used by the security forces.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid said the number of militants killed in anti-militancy operations in Valley has crossed 200 this year alone.
The administration has suspended Internet services in the district to prevent spreading of rumours.
In a separate clash reported from Zaloora top in Sagipora woods outside Sopore town, one militant was killed and an Army Para commando injured.
The spokesman said 3 AK rifles, 3 AK magazines, 111 AK rounds and other ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.
According to reports quoting official figures, 200 militants have been killed by forces from 1 January till date this year, which is the highest since 2010, when 270 militants were killed.