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Top JeM commander among 2 militants killed in Shopian encounter

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Srinagar, Jul 27: Two militants including a top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander from Pakistan were killed on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.

Munna Lahori, a Pakistani national, was responsible for a series of civilian killings in Kashmir, they said.

The second militant, an associate of Lahori, was a local militant, a police official said.

Lahori, also known as Bihari, had been used by Pakistan-based JeM  group for the recruitment of militants, he said.

He was known for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Banday Mohalla in Bonbazar area of Shopian, security forces launched a cordon and search operation, the police official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire, leading to their killing, he said, adding that incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the gunfight.

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