Three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in a 36-hour gunbattle with
in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district in Kashmir which ended today.A civilian was also killed by stray bullet yesterday during law and order problem."Three holed up terrorists eliminated; bodies of two terrorists & three weapons recover
ed," Army's Northern Command said in a tweet.Army officials at Srinagar-based 15 Corps Headquarters, however, refused to comment on the operation.A police
official said two bodies were recovered from
the debris of the house where the ultras were hiding.The terrorists killed in the encounter were both locals and identified as Majid Mohiuddin Zargar of Qoimoh in neighbouring Kulgam district and Ruhul Amin Dar of Vessu in Anantnag district."The bodies have been handed over to their relatives for last rites," he said.One army jawan was injured in the gunfight that began in the early hours yesterday.The security forces had cordoned off the area on Wednesday evening following information about presence of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists there.A 24-year-old man was killed allegedly after being hit by a "stray bullet" near the site of encounter.Arif Shah, a resident of Sangam area of Anantnag district, was hit by the "stray bullet" when security forces were dealing with a group which was indulging in stone-pelting near the encounter site, the official said.However, locals alleged that Mr Shah was killed in security forces action against protesters.They also claimed that several other persons were injured in the clashes between protesters and security forces.