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Pakistani militant among 3 killed in a day-long operation in Sopore

This file photo shows Security personnels take positions during an encounter in Sopore township in Baramulla district of Kashmir.

This file photo shows Security personnels take positions during an encounter in Sopore township in Baramulla district of Kashmir.   | Photo Credit: THE HINDU

Three militants were killed in a day-long operation in north Kashmir’s Baramulla on Sunday.

“Three unidentified militants were killed in the Sopore encounter. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the encounter site, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said.

“Pakistani militant Usman of the Lashkar-e-Taiba was among the killed militants. He was involved in a recent attack at Sopore, in which one CRPF jawan and one civilian were killed. It’s a big success for police and the security forces,” the IGP said later.

The gunfight between the hiding militants and the security forces erupted early Sunday morning when a team of the Army, the police and the CRPF cordoned off the Reban area of Sopore. The police said the hiding militants opened fire on the search party.

While one militant was killed earlier in the day, two more were killed in the afternoon, the police said.

One house of a civilian got damaged during the operation, locals said.

Over 127 militants have been killed in Kashmir in operations so far this year.

Attack on a Central Armed Police Forces patrol

An Army spokesman said militants attacked a Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) patrol on Sunday evening.

“Terrorists made an abortive bid to attack CAPF around 4:45 p.m. at Chersoo, Awantipora [in south Kashmir]. Suspects moving on a bike threw two grenades on the CAPF. However, the grenades did not explode. Efforts are on to nab the terrorists,” the spokesman said.

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