Srinagar: At least seven suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and two security personnel were killed as gunbattles rocked various parts of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir for the second day on Wednesday, the police said.

Five militants were killed in a daylong encounter at Sangranpati and Dardhare village of Trehgam, Senior Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar told PTI.

Following a tip-off that militants were hiding at Sangranpati, the police launched a joint operation with the Army. Two militants were killed in the gunbattle, while the others fled to a neighbouring village.

The police and the troops followed them. In the ensuing gunfight, three more militants were killed at Dardhare.

Two houses, where the militants had taken shelter, were damaged.

Mr. Kumar said the group had recently infiltrated from across the border and it was believed that most of its members were having allegiance with the LeT. The operation was still on in the area and further details were awaited.

Two LeT militants and a jawan were killed in another gunbattle lasting several hours at Maidan-e-Chogal in the Handwara area of Kupwara district on Tuesday night, a police spokesman said.

Militants also shot dead shopkeeper Fayaz Ahmad Dar when he alighted from a private passenger bus at Shiva village in Sopore area last night. PTI

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