A day after five security personnel lost their lives during an encounter with militants, three CRPF personnel were killed and two others injured when militants opened fire on them at a checkpoint in Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday evening.

Security forces also recovered body of a 15-year-old civilian boy, who was killed in the exchange of fire, he was reportedly mentally challenged.

The militants opened fire on the patrol party at Wangam-Qaziabad in Kralgund area of the district, the officials said.

A brief shootout ensued as the CRPF personnel opened retaliatory firing, officials said.

The three, all of them constables, have been identified as Ashwani Kumar from UP, and C Chandrasekar and Santosh Kumar from Aurangabad in Bihar.

The area has been cordoned off and additional forces rushed in to track down the assailants, the officials said.

Meanwhile, security personnel on Tuesday paid their last respects to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the attack.

In a span of 48 hours, this was the second major damage inflicted by militants on security forces in Kupwara district.

Five army personnel including two officers and a Jammu and Kashmir policman were killed during an encounter with militants on Saturday in Handwara area.