At least 17 persons, including nine militants, six soldiers, and two civilians, were killed since Monday in three different gunfights in the Valley.
Dozens of civilians were injured after security forces fired pellets and burst teargas shells to break up protests near the encounter site.
Two of them belonged to Kashmiri separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen while the other two were Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, the police said.
The search operations was still in progress as security forces suspect that some militants might have managed to escape to nearby areas, the official said.
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A police official said restrictions were imposed in Kulgam and Shopian towns to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests. They said it is unfortunate world community paying no heed towards our suppressed voice and sacrifices rendered by your budding youth.
The opposition National Conference party has demanded a probe into the incident.
Strikes in the valley started from February 9 on the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, followed by "UN office chalo" campaign on 10th and anniversary of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat on 11th and now another strike call by separatists on Monday. Our militants resisted the Indian might and killed many army men.
Clashes erupted on Sunday in Fraesal village of Kulgam district where eight people - two civilians, two soldiers, four local militants - were killed during a gunfight. "We salute the people for taking part in huge numbers in the funerals of slain militants".