A protest by the locals, where stones were thrown at the security forces, took place last evening when the encounter started, but the operation was not abandoned.
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed and an Army officer was injured during the encounter that lasted for six hours.
Last week, top Lashkar operative Junaid Mattoo and two of his accomplices were gunned down during an encounter in Anantnag. Mattoo was involved in a number of attacks on security forces in the south Kashmir region.
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