Security forces deployed across Kashmir

Two bodies have been recovered by the forces. The operation is still underway

Three militants escaped, the officials said.

Separatists called for a march to Kulgam district where four militants and two civilians were killed during a gunfight between militants and the security forces on Monday. The man whose house was attacked was the civilian who died. The two deceased soldiers belonged to the 1st Rashtriya Rifles. All commercial establishments remained closed in Kulgam district and Tral area.

A police official said restrictions were imposed in Kulgam and Shopian towns to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests. The administration has beefed up security in "sensitive areas" in the region after separatist leaders called for a strike to protest against the civilian deaths.

Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against the killings, while security forces used pellets, bullets and teargas shells to disperse the crowds killing one protester and injuring at least 25 others in the process, Greater Kashmir (GK) reported. "The critically injured are admitted at Srinagar hospitals", sources said.

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An encounter is underway between security forces and terrorists in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The opposition National Conference party has demanded a probe into the incident.

"First we tried to convince them to surrender with the help of locals and family members", Patil said to The New York Times.

Four militants, two soldiers and a civilian were killed in the encounter while another civilian was killed and 20 others injured in security forces firing on protestors during clashes near the encounter site.

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