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Militants trade fire with army in Kupwara

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Srinagar, Jun 8: Militants attacked government forces in a north Kashmir village in Kupwara on Friday hours before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the border district.

Sources said there was a brief exchange of fire between militants and the Army in Langate area of Kupwara — some 100 km north of Srinagar. No casualties were reported.

Government forces cordoned off the area as the attackers escaped.

The attack took place some 20 km from Kupwara town where the Home Minister, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and MoS (PMO) Jitendra Singh met people from the border district amid elaborate security arrangements.

Kupwara is listed among the 115 inspirational districts where the Central government has vowed to lay “special emphasis” on the overall development to fight poverty and backwardness.

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