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LeT militants killed in Handwara encounter

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Militants fire upon police party in Sopore

Srinagar, Jul 19: A Pakistani militant belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit was killed in an encounter with the security forces today in the Handwara area of Kupwara district of north Kashmir, police said.

A foreign militant, belonging to the LeT, was killed in the encounter at Batpora in Handwara in north Kashmir, a police official said.

The body of the Pakistani militant was recovered from the encounter site along with a weapon and other incriminating material, he said. More details about the identity of the slain militant are being ascertained, the official said.

He said security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the area following inputs about the presence of militants.

The operation turned into a gun-battle after the militants fired upon a search party, which retaliated. The firing has stopped, but the search operation was still going, the official said.

Meanwhile, militants fired upon a police party in north Kashmir’s Sopore area today, police said.

No causality was reported in the incident, they said.

The militants fired at the police deployment from a distance on Sopore bypass in the north Kashmir district, the police said.

After firing few rounds on the police party, the bike-borne militants escaped from the scene, police said.

Later in the evening, militants hurled a hand grenade on Police Post Watergam at Sopore which exploded outside the Police Post. However no loss of life or any injury was reported.

The area has been cordoned off and a hunt launched to nab the attackers, police said.

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