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Counter-insurgent killed in J&K

SRINAGAR JUNE 16. Counter-insurgency in Kashmir today received a major setback when separatist militants gunned down the ``chief commander'' of the pro-India militant outfit, Muslim Mujahideen, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Mir alias Nabi Azad, in Anantnag. A district commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was among the three militants killed in another encounter.

Reports said a group of militants fired upon Mr. Mir at around 12.45 p.m. when he was coming out of his residence. His guards retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for quiet some time. Mr. Mir succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital. The three LeT militants were killed in an encounter at Sumlar. When the security forces cordoned off the area and asked the militants to surrender, they opened fire and were gunned down.