Srinagar, Dec 9 : Three unidentified militants were killed by security forces in an encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Wednesday, official sources said.
A civilian was also injured in the shootout who has been shifted to Srinagar hospital, they said, adding that searches were still going on when the reports last came in.
This is the first encounter after District Development Council (DDC) elections process started in the Kashmir valley from November 28.
They said troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a joint CASO at village Tiken, in Pulwama following a tip-off about the presence of militants in the wee hours today.
However, when the security forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there opened indiscriminate fire with automatic weapons, they said adding the fire was returned ensuing in an encounter.
Two militants were killed and the search operation was going on when the reports last came in, they said adding a civilian Sadiq Lone was also injured.
They said one more unidentified militant was killed in the encounter.
A police spokesman confirmed that three militants have been so far killed in the encounter and arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
Meanwhile, internet service in Pulwama has been suspended as a precautionary measure to prevent rumours, they said adding additional security forces have been deployed to maintain law and order.