Three terrorists were killed and an Army soldier injured in another encounter with security forces in the Handew area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday.

With this the number of terrorists killed in two encounters today has increased to six.

The encounter broke out after a joint team of Army’s 44 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the afternoon at Handew village.

While three terrorists were killed in the gunfight, an army soldier sustained bullet injuries during the operation.

The injured soldier was taken to nearby hospital for treatment where from he was airlifted to the military hospital at Srinagar.

Identity of killed terrorists was being ascertained.

Earlier today three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists, including a top commander who masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, were shot down in a gunfight with the security forces in Pulwama district.

A soldier and a civilian also their lives in the encounter. Two other soldiers and were also injured.

“The slain terrorists have been identified as two locals, Naseer Pandit and Umar Mir and a Pakistani Khalid Bhai. Khalid was a top JeM commander and he had masterminded the 2017 attack on the CRPF camp in Lethpora in which five troopers were killed,” police sources said.

The civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of a house where the militants were hiding. While Dar’s brother Muhammad Younis, sustained a gunshot injury.

Meanwhile, there were also reports of clashes between stone pelting protesters and the security forces near the gunfight site despite authorities announcing curfew-like restrictions in the area.