Srinagar: Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bangus valley of Kupwara district in north Kashmir on Thursday, a defence spokesman said.

"Three militants have been killed so far while the operation in still in progress," defence spokesman Lt Col J S Brar said.

He said contact was established with a group of militants in the wee hours on Wednesday at the Bangus valley, 110 kms from here, triggering off a fierce gunbattle between the security forces and the militants.

The spokesman said the operation in general area Handwara has been going on since Thursday night last week after specific information was received about movement of heavily-armed militants.

On the second day of the operation, an unidentified militant was killed.

An 18-year-old youth was injured on Tuesday night this week in Army firing after he failed to stop his vehicle during a naka check in Zachaldara area of Handwara, following information about militants, sparking off protest by locals on Wednesday.

"An operation has been going on in general area of Handwara since last Friday. There was information about three militants traveling on Zachaldara-Handwara road in a vehicle last night and multiple barriers were erected.

"Magray, alongwith his brother tried to bypass the barrier when signalled to stop," the spokesman said.



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