Srinagar: Three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday (June 10), police said.

A cordon-and-search operation was launched in the Sugoo area of Shopian in south Kashmir in the morning on receiving specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said.

He said the operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired upon a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

Three terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire, the official added.

This is the third encounter in Shopian in four days.

Nine Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a self-styled commander, were killed in two gun battles with the security forces on Sunday and Monday.