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Two militants, associate killed in Awantipora encounter

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Pulwama: Two militants and an associate of the duo were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Goripora area of Awantipora in the south Kashmir district in the early hours of Saturday after receiving specific information about the presence of some militants there, a police official said.

During the search operation, hiding militants opened fire triggering an encounter, the police sources said.

“In the ensuing gunfight, two militants and one hardcore associate of the militants were killed”, a police officer said.

Two of the killed trio were identified as Shahid Manzoor of Awantipora and Shafat ul Islam of Tral.

The identity of the third was yet to be ascertained when this report was being file.

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