Six civilians were killed in a blast after an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam. Three militants were killed in the encounter.
News reports quoted police as saying they had been tipped off about the presence of militants in the Laroo area. The police added that security forces were fired upon as they began conducting a cordon-and-search operation.
"Despite requests to not visit the spot till thorough search is done for explosives, several civilians visited the encounter site immediately after the operation. While they were there, some explosive substance went off, resulting in on-spot death of a civilian and injuries to several others," PTI quoted a police official as saying.
The official added that the injured persons were rushed to various hospitals for treatment but that five of them died from their injuries.
That meant a total of six civilian deaths. News reports said a total of 40 people were injured.
The reports added that the deaths had led to anger among the civilian population.
The police official said clashes broke out between groups of youths and security forces in the area and that they were continuing when last reports came in.
"Police had to use some force to quell the protests and about two dozen persons were injured in the clashes," the official said.
PTI added that adviser to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar, and DGP Dilbag Singh have expressed regret over the loss of civilian lives and conveyed their profound condolences to the bereaved families.