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Security forces killed three militants today (Dec 9) in an encounter in Mujgund village near Srinagar-Bandipora road.

The security forces launched a search operation on Saturday evening after receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists at a house at Mujgund village, around 11 kms from Srinagar.

Local reports said that five security forces personnel were injured in the initial exchange of fire on Saturday evening. The police, however, said that one army man was injured.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter,” report said.

Fierce clashes between stone throwing youth and security forces were going on around the encounter site.

“Security forces fired dozens of tear gas shells and pellets to disperse the youth,” an eyewitness said. He said that four houses were destroyed in the blasts during the gunfight.

A police officer said that during the search operation, the search party was fired upon by the hiding militants. “The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. In the initial exchange of fire one army jawan sustained injuries and was shifted to hospital for medical treatment,” he said.

Internet services have been suspended, keeping security measures in consideration.

The police have requested people not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any,” the police officer said.

Kashmir police in a statement said that the identities and affiliations of the slain militants are being ascertained.

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