SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir

Indian forces killed four militants in southern Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

Police claimed in a tweet a search operation was held upon a tip off in Manzgam village of Kulgam district, adding that the slain militants had killed three civilians earlier this week.

Confirming the death toll, army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia told Anadolu Agency arms and ammunition were seized during the raid.

Jammu and Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts, and claimed by both in full. A small sliver is also held by China.

Since they were partitioned in 1947, the

Read more: Indian forces kill 4 militants in southern Kashmir