Srinagar, June 22: Three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants have been killed in an encounter at Kakpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday wee hours.

A police officer told news agency GNS that a joint team of army’s 50 RR, SOG and CRPF had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Kakpora late last evening following a specific information about the presence of some militants in the area.

As such the forces intensified the operation and fired some warning shots towards the suspected house, the militants hiding inside tried to break the cordon amid firing. However, the joint team of forces engage them in a gunfight, the officer said.

The exchange of firing continued intermittently throughout the night and minutes before pre-dawn hours the residential house was blasted, the officer said, adding that during searches three bodies with burn injuries have been recovered from the debris.

The officer identified the deceased militants as Majid Mir alias Abbas, Shakir Ahmad, both residents of Kakpora and Irshad Ahmad of Aghanjipora, Awantipora.

“Two AK-47 and a pistol were recovered from the encounter site”, the officer told GNS.

Pertinently, during the initial exchange of firing, an army officer Major Kartik of 50 RR was injured after received a bullet in his hand.

Soon after the news about the encounter and subsequently trapping of three local militants spread in the area last evening, the locals from the adjoining areas mostly youth took to streets and hurled stones on forces.

Three civilians were injured after Police and paramilitary troops use force to disperse the group of people who were trying to approach towards the encounter site.

Following the encounter, the internet services in some parts of South Kashmir including Awantipora, Kakpora and Pulwama have already been blocked.

Meanwhile, according to a district administration official, the class work in all the educational institutions across the district shall remain suspended for today.