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New Delhi: Three Indian Army personnel, including a captain, and two militants suspected to be from a Pakistan-based terror group, were killed in a four-hour gunbattle in Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday, senior army officials said.

Five soldiers injured in the shoot-out were shifted to Srinagar for treatment, Northern Command officials said.

Militants suspected to have infiltrated Kupwara from across the line of control (LoC) attacked an army camp located in Panzgam, about 120km from Srinagar, early Thursday.

“The firing started at around 4am when the terrorists opened fire, after they had crossed over into Indian territory. We retaliated in equal measure and managed to kill two terrorists," said a senior army officer on condition of anonymity.

As army reinforcements were on their way to Kupwara and soldiers started combing the area, a crowd took to the streets in Panzgam and started hurling stones, disrupting the operation.

The attack came four days after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to assess the security situation in Kashmir.

On Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir government suspended around 22 social networks in the state, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, with immediate effect for a month to prevent the transmission of inflammatory content that could trigger civilian strife.

Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level security meeting on Thursday in the wake of the attack on the army, “to assess the security situation in Kashmir and chalk out a roadmap to usher in greater development in the state," a home ministry official said.

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