Shopian—Three militants were killed in an overnight encounter with government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the police saidon Sunday.
Two Army men had lost their life in the gunfight yesterday, while three others were injured.
Three militants have been killed in the encounter at Zainapora in Shopian, Director General of Police (DGP), S P Vaid told PTI.
The slain militants were identified as Umar Majid Sheikh, resident of Kathpora Yaripora; Adil Malik, resident of Malikgund Shopian and Irfan ul Sheikh, resident of Malldaira Shopian.
Forces launched a cordon and search operation following information about presence of militants in Avneera village of Zainapora area of the district Saturday.
As the forces were conducting searches, the militants opened fire on them which was retaliated by the law enforcement personnel, triggering a gunfight.
Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight yesterday and were evacuated to 92 Base Hospital of the Army for treatment.
Two soldiers among them succumbed to injuries last night.
The operation was halted for the night but the forces maintained cordon of the area to stop the militants from fleeing.
The gunfight resumed this morning and the three militants were killed.
A defence spokesman identified the slain Army men as Sepoy Ilayaraja P, a resident of Tamil Nadu, and Sepoy Gawai Sumedh Waman, a resident of Maharashtra.
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