SRINAGAR- Two suspected militants and a civilian were killed in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir that lasted more than 15 hours, police said today.

The shooting began Sunday when government forces cordoned off a village on a tip-off that armed militants were hiding there.

“Both the militants were local residents, one of them had recently joined LeT,” said inspector general of police Javid Gillani, referring to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned militant group.

Gillani said a stray bullet killed the civilian in Redwani village.

A police officer on the scene said hundreds of residents from nearby villages came out to protest as troops cordoned off the village. “They were trying to help trapped militants,” said the police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.