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Army soldier injured in Shopian encounter dies

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Srinagar, May 17: An Army soldier, who was injured in an encounter with militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir, has succumbed, police said.

"The injured Army jawan Rohit Kumar Yadav has succumbed at the hospital," a police spokesman said.

Yadav had suffered grievous injuries during a gun-battle with three militants in Handew area of Shopian on Thursday. All the three militants were killed.

The spokesman identified the slain militants as Yawar Ahmad Dar, Shakeel Ahmad Dar and Ishtiyaq Bhat. They were affiliated with proscribed militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

"As per police records, Yawar Dar was involved in planning and executing series of attacks in the area and many other civilian atrocities. He was involved in the attack on Zainpora Police Guard last year in which four policemen were killed," he said.

Six militants and a civilian were killed in two encounters in Shopian and Pulwama districts in the state on Thursday. Two soldiers including Yadav were also killed in the operations.

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