Three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, including two from Pakistan, and an elderly woman were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Monday.
Four jawans were also injured in the encounter but they were all out of danger, police said.
The encounter broke out at Amlar-Tral, 50 km from here, this morning when the militants hiding in a house in the village opened fire on a joint search party of police and CRPF, they said.
The wife of the house owner died in the shootout between the militants and the police. Two of the slain militants were Pakistani nationals, police said.
“We had information that two Pakistani terrorists had infiltrated into South Kashmir for a suicide attack. We were after them and ultimately we tracked them down in the village in Tral,” IG, Kashmir, Farooq Ahmed said.
Three militants -- two hailing from Multan in Pakistan and a local terrorist -- were killed, he said, adding unfortunately the old lady also died in the cross firing.
“We cordoned off the village early this morning. We came under heavy fire thereafter as a result of which three jawans of CRPF and one from Jammu and Kashmir Police got injured but they are all out of danger,” Mr. Ahmed said.