New Delhi: Three militants affiliated to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), including an IED expert, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: CRPF Jawan Injured in IED Blast in Pulwama

Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the area following information about the presence of militants there, a Defence spokesman said. Also Read - Unlock 2 in Jammu and Kashmir: Shopping Malls Can Reopen, Movement of Individuals For Non-essential Activities Remains Prohibited

After laying the cordon in the area, announcements were made for the militants to surrender, but they fired upon the security forces, defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. Also Read - Amid Ladakh Standoff, India Raises 'Strong Concerns' Against Pak Forces Trying to Infiltrate Border

The forces retaliated, ensuing a gunfight in which three militants were killed, the spokesman said.

“Three terrorists of JeM have been killed in Kangan Pulwama operation,” the spokesman said, adding, one of the militants was an IED expert.