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Three militants killed in encounter in Shopian

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Srinagar: Three militants were killed and as many security forces personnel injured in an overnight encounter between the militants and the forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

Based on an input about the presence of militants in Melhoora area of south Kashmir’s district, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by Shopian Police, 55RR and 178Bn CRPF on Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

He said during the search operation, the militants fired upon the search party of the forces, who retaliated, leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing gun fight, three militants were killed, the spokesman said.

The identity of the militants killed is being ascertained and their medico-legal formalities are being done, he added.

The spokesman said three security forces personnel also sustained injuries in the encounter and they were rushed to a hospital.

Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were recovered from the site of the encounter, he said.

Police have registered a case and initiated a probe into the matter, he added.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” the spokesman said.

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