Three suspected Pakistani cadres of Jaish-e-Mohammad were killed in a fierce encounter with the police and security forces in the Sopore area of north Kashmir on Monday.

Inspector General Police Abdul Gani Mir said the Special Operations Group of the Sopore District Police and troops from Rashtriya Rifles 22 Battalion launched an operation after learning through reliable sources that a five-member group of Pakistani militants was hiding in Dooru village.

Even as two militants escaped, the rest got trapped in a house at Muqdam Mohalla. All the three died in a four-hour-long gunfight.