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Rajnath Singh reviews J&K situation

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Five security personnel, including a major, were killed in the state on Monday in an encounter in which three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, including two top commanders believed to be behind the February14 Pulwama suicide attack, were also killed.

During the meeting, the Home minister was briefed about the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including along the Indo-Pak border, a Home ministry official said.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval too participated in the meeting which was attended by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain besides others.

The meeting also took stock of the steps being taken to neutralize the militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir and how to check attempts of infiltrations from across the border.

The Home minister directed the officials to ensure that all possible steps should be taken against the militants currently operating in Kashmir Valley and protection of innocent Kashmiris living in different parts of the country, the official said.

Forty-nine  CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a JeM suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.

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