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 5 militants killed in Bandipora gunfight are locals: Hizb

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Srinagar, Sep 24: Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen Monday claimed that five militants killed in Sumlar Bandipora encounter are not foreigners but locals.

At least five militants were killed in a two-day long gun-battle in Sumlar area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The Army had said that slain militants were non-locals.

However, local news agency CNS quoted Hizb spokesperson Burhanuddin as saying that those killed in the gunfight were locals. “It was a group comprising five members who got trapped in Sumlar area and were killed in a long gunfight,” Burhanuddin said.

According to him, those killed in Sumlar gunfight were Hyder Ali from Brazul Kulgam, Muhammad Umar from Shopian, Muhammad Sidiq from Bandipora, Mawiya from Kangan and Usman from Lolab.

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