Two Indian soldiers and three militants were killed in a 12-hour gunfight in South Kashmir's Shopian district, a top police official said on Sunday.
After the operation got over, Director General of Police of Jammu & Kashmir SP Vaid, tweeted, "Today morning 3 Terrorists Eliminated at Zainpora Shopian".
The exchange of began after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Awneera village after they suspected of terrorist activity.
The house from where the militants were firing was blasted by the security forces, they said, adding that all the three militants hiding there have been killed. According to reports, two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped.
The slain terrorists have been identified as Adil Ahmad Malik of the LeT, Irfan-ul-Haq Sheikh and Umar Majid Sheikh, who were affiliated with the Hizbul Mujahideen.
Hundreds of Indian soldiers surrounded Awneera, a village about 50km south of the main city of Srinagar, on Saturday night following a tip-off about fighters in the area, AFP news agency reported.
Seven civilians had sustained pellet injuries on Saturday when protesters engaged the security forces in clashes to break the cordon around the site of the gunfight.
One J&K soldier was injured in the attack, who was later shifted to the military hospital Drugmulla for treatment. Two Army jawans were also martyred in the encounter, while four others were injured.
Sepoy Ilayaraja hailed from Kandani village in Tamil Nadu and 25-year-old Sepoy Sumedh Waman belonged to Maharashtra's Lonagra village.