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6 militants killed in back to back encounters

Police said the gunfight erupted at the Mirhama area of Kulgam during a cordon and a search operation that was launched by the joint forces.

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Srinagar: Security forces achieved a major success against the Jaish-e-Mohammad when they killed six of its militants including two suspected Pakistanis in two back to back operations in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts, officials said on Thursday.

A soldier of the Army’s counter-insurgency unit was also martyred and three other security personnel were wounded in the Anantnag gunfight, officials said.

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Three Jaish militants and a soldier were killed in an overnight gunfight at Nowgam village in Shahabad, Dooru Anantnag.

The encounter erupted when a joint team of police, Army and CRPF launched a search operation following information about the presence of militants in the area.

“Three Jaish terrorists were killed in the overnight gunfight. One of our soldiers was also martyred. Two more jawans and policemen were also wounded in the initial gunfight, who was shifted to 92 base Army hospital in Srinagar,” a security official said.

Arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site, he added.

In a brief encounter in neighbouring Kulgam, three JeM militants including a Pakistani were killed last evening.

Police said the gunfight erupted at the Mirhama area of Kulgam during a cordon and a search operation that was launched by the joint forces.

Security forces also recovered a US-made M4 rifle from the slain militants in Kulgam.

Inspector-General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar termed the killing of the six Jaish militants in two gunfights as a big success.

“6 #terrorists of proscribed #terror outfit JeM killed in two separate #encounters. 4 among the killed terrorists have been identified so far as (2) #Pakistani & (2) local terrorists. Identification of other 02 terrorists is being ascertained. A big #success for us,” a police tweet quoting the IGP Kashmir said.

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