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Militant, thought dead, emerges from debris and kills jawan

Srinagar: A militant, believed to have been killed in a gunbattle at Chinkipora in Sopore, emerged from the debris of houses and began firing on security personnel searching for the bodies of slain militants, injuring a jawan who later died in hospital.

The militant, who is yet to be identified, was shot dead in retaliatory fire.

Earlier, the body of a militant was recovered from the rubble of three houses that were destroyed in Tuesday’s gunbattle 55 km from here. “The body of an unidentified militant and a weapon was recovered from the debris of the houses earlier today [Wednesday],” police sources said. They added that it may take days for machines to clear up the rubble. Three armymen including a captain, were killed in the gunbattle. They were identified as Captain Davinder Singh Jass, Naik Selva Kumar and Paratrooper Imtiyaz Ahmad Thokar of first Para.

A civilian identified as Ramiaz Ahmad Malla, who was hit by a stray bullet while being evacuated from the scene, was being treated at a hospital in Srinagar. — PTI

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