While two of the militants were killed on Saturday morning, another took shelter inside a cave and was finally killed after several hours of gunbattle in Tral, about 36 kms from here, the official said.
He said bodies of all the three militants and their weapons were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle which started early this morning when security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation after receiving information about presence of militants there.
He said though the identity of the deceased militants was being ascertained, they belonged to JeM outfit.
"The killing of the militants is a major setback for the outfit which is trying to revive its activities in the valley," the official said.
He said security forces faced stone-pelting during the operation but exercised maximum restrain while dealing with it.
Some people indulged in stone-pelting and tried to march towards the encounter scene to help the militants escape but were chased away by the security forces, the official said, adding there was no report of any casualty among the civilians.
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