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2 militants killed in Bandipora encounter

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Srinagar, Jun 18: Two militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir today, the Army said.

The operation comes a day after the Centre announced its decision not to extend the ceasefire in the state.

An Army official said that forces launched an anti-militancy operation in Bandipora district following information about presence of militants in the area.

He said two militants have been killed so far even as the operation continues to be in progress.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militants was not immediately known.

Earlier reports suggested that two militants were killed during the encounter.

The Army sources said that the group has recently infiltrated into this side of LoC and more militants are expected to be hiding in the forests.

The operation was on when the reports last came in.

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