Srinagar : Three people including a 16-year-old girl died in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam on Saturday after security forces fired at stone-throwing protesters.
Reports said the security forces opened fire after an army patrol came under attack in the Redwani area of Kulgam in south Kashmir. A search operation was underway for terrorists in the area, some reports said.
Those killed were identified as Shakir Ahmad, 22, Irshad Majid, 20 and 16-year-old Andleeb - all residents of Hawoora in Kulgam.
About 10 protesters were also injured in the clashes, two of whom received bullet injuries, news agency IANS reported. They were taken to hospital.
The area remains tense and more protests continue in the area.
Mobile internet services were suspended in of Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama to curb rumours and more protests.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has called a high-level meeting to discuss the deaths and sought from the army and the police, sources said. Senior officers of the army are going to Srinagar for a meeting as well.
The deaths come on a day when separatists have called for a strike in Kashmir for the arrest of Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Kashmiri women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and two of her associates by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
They also came just a day before the anniversary of the encounter in 2016 in which terrorist Burhan Wani was killed, sparking huge protests across the state.