Four militants who may have been involved in three civilian deaths earlier in the week, were killed and three soldiers were also injured during a gunfight on Saturday in J&K's Kulgam district, police said.
All four militants killed in the gun battle with the safety forces in Hardmanguri Batpora village belonged to Damhal Hanjipora area of an equivalent district.
"The encounter has ended. Bodies of four slain militants have been recovered. Three army soldiers sustained injuries in this operation.
"One soldier sustained a bullet injury while two sustained splinter injuries. The injured have been shifted to hospital," the police said.
Security forces, including SOG of J&K police and Rashtriya Rifles, surrounded an orchard area on Friday following information about the presence of militants there. because the security forces closed on the hiding militants, they opened fire on the safety forces after which a gunfight had started.
Police sources said the slain militants were liable for three civilian killings in Kulgam district earlier in the week. Official confirmation of this is often still awaited.