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Three Hizb militants killed in Shopian gunfight

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Srinagar:Three Hizb militants where killed today in Shopian encounter including  Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger of Dogripora, Pulwama along with his two associates

The encounter started after a joint team of army's 34 RR, CRPF and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Adkhara village of Imam Sahab today early morning.

A police officer confirmed the killing of Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger of Dogripora, Pulwama and said that he was active from 2014.

The two other slain militants were identified as Tariq Molvi of Moolu Chitragam and Shariq Ahmad Negroo of Chotigam, Shopian. "The trio was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen militant group".

An army soldier was also injured during the course of gunfight, he said.

The cordon was thrown following specific information about the presence of some militants, the officer said.

Sources said that one residential house was damaged completely and two others suffered partial damage.

In wake of the killing of militants, youth staged protests and clashed with government forces near the encounter site. The police and paramilitary CRPF used pellets, tear smoke shells and live ammunition to disperse them.

In the incident, several youth suffered injuries due to pellets and tear smoke shells besides a youth Mudasir Ahmad Mir (20) of Woyen sustain a bullet wound in his leg and was hospitalised.

The authorities have also snapped internet services across south Kashmir following the gunfight and spontaneous shutdown is being observed in Shopian and other parts of neighbouring districts.

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